January 5th, 2012
The driver who hit a local cyclist last May, causing a number of broken bones and a brain injury, is appealing her guilty verdict and $50 fine.
Robbie Norton was found guilty of simple assault with a deadly weapon by the Clay County Justice Court in November for her role in the May 22, 2011 accident that left cyclist Jan Morgan critically injured.
Morgan and her friend Kim Richardson were on a training ride that morning when Nortonâ€™s car struck Morganâ€™s bicycle from behind, sending her flying. Morganâ€™s body landed on the hood of the car and slid to the ground, landing near the passenger-side tire.
Witnesses testified Norton was panicking when she got back into her car and in an attempt to move the car out of the way, ran Morgan over and stopped with the wheel still on Morganâ€™s head.
A Starkville police officer was involved in an automobile accident today at 12:30 p.m. during what was believed to be a traffic stop on Garrard Road.
Officer Derek Nelson was transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital for observation after his vehicle hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over and flip.
Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed Nelson suffered a concussion but no other serious injuries, and a neurologist will soon be monitoring him.
"It couldn't have been a worse place for him to run off the road. He hit a telephone and flipped over the shoulder of the road," Lindley said. "It looks like he is going to be OK, and that's the main concern. There was some discussion that he would either be transported to Jackson or Tupelo; they're doing that as a precaution."
Mr. William Brown Jr., 77, died Jan. 1, 2012, at his residence in Starkville.
Devin Rajon Mitchell, age 16, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
By NATHAN GREGORY
The city of Starkville has received five requests for qualification submissions from firms interested in assisting with the process of redistricting.
By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Starkville is getting a rare opportunity tonight for film, dance, theatre and music fans.
Faster and stronger. That's how Mississippi State point guard Diamber Johnson describes women's basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
As the Lady Bulldogs open SEC play against the LSU Lady Tigers tonight at Humphrey Coliseum, Johnson has been trying to send a message to her younger teammates about how tough it's going to be.
"We're going to have to be mobile with it, more patient and get on the same page," Johnson said about what MSU needs to do to have success when it tips off against LSU at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs completed the non-conference slate with a 10-3 record and just finished a difficult road trip to close 2011.
After losing a decision to Oklahoma State in the Peppermill Classic in Reno, Nev., MSU women's coach Sharon Fanning-Otis watched her team rally against the host team Nevada to pull out a victory.
It didn't take long for Jennifer Minor to get adjusted to life at a small college.