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Oktibbeha County houses four courts and is creating a new county court set to open next year. This November, Starkville citizens will vote for County, Circuit, Chancery and appellate court judges.

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Next week, the Mitchell Memorial Library will celebrate Banned Books Week by recognizing works of literature that have been challenged or banned.

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In June 2015, archaeologists and students from the Chickasaw Nation, the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) and the University of Florida traveled south through Mississippi’s Blackland Prairie to survey sites that could have been tied to the Chickasaw Nation’s history.

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In Mississippi, where salaries for educators are low and the prices for real estate remain high, another issue that has plagued past, current and future teachers is the cost of an education. While some educators end with an undergraduate degree, many feel that the salary increase involved wi…

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While salaries for educators in Mississippi remain low compared to similar states, home and real estate prices in the Starkville area remain high. According to data obtained by The Reflector, one local realtor's average new listing in 2021 is $277,307, compared to the 2020 average of $260,27…

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COVID-19 cases are on a steady decline in the state of Mississippi. After peaking on Jan. 9, 2021, the number of new cases in the state dropped to a low of 238 on April 10. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health statistics on coronavirus cases, only two of those cases came f…

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"We have three deer in that pen. Lucky is our tamest buck. I could probably get him to come to the fence if I gave him some oak leaves or something. He's a sucker for oak leaves," Mississippi State University graduate student Luke Resop said as he pointed over to a grassy enclosure.

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Come Nov. 3, eligible Starkville voters of all ages and races will be turning out to the polls for the highly anticipated 2020 election. However, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will not be the only names on their ballots. Mississippi voters will be choosing between Democratic candidate Mike Espy…

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This Nov. 3, Mississippi voters will be provided with the option of legalizing medical marijuana on the ballot, but the vote will have multiple options. Voters will be able to vote in support of a medical marijuana program through the options of initiative measure no. 65 or alternative measu…

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Peter Allen stood on a catwalk overlooking two swirling, bubbling tanks. The droning noise of aerators did not bother them, but as Allen began to discuss the importance of Mississippi's catfish industry, the hundreds of blue catfish in the left tank instinctively moved into a tight ball whil…

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Mississippi history was made on Sept. 2 when a committee tasked with deciding the finalist for Mississippi's new flag selected the "New Magnolia Flag" with an 8-1 vote. 

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Many college students spent their spring break traveling to another state and visiting popular destinations; however, 13 Mississippi State University students decided to spend March 7-8 of their spring break in Biloxi, Mississippi, participating in a coastal clean-up service trip that addres…

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Over the past few months, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has affected businesses and individuals across the world. As the virus reaches the United States, local officials have made it a priority to prepare for potential threats that could surface in the Starkville community. Mississippi Sta…

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The Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, which allows a lottery in Mississippi, was passed by the Mississippi State Legislature during a special session Aug. 31, 2018. Retailers in the state began selling scratch-off games Nov. 25, 2019. 

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While gang violence is not often associated with Mississippi, there is another problem contributing to violence in the state prison system which is more typical of the Magnolia State—a lack of funding. 

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This holiday season, Mississippi Christmas tree farmers are thriving despite high demand following a nationwide tree shortage. In order to meet the demand, Mississippi farmers have taken matters into their own hands with local choose-and-cut farms instead of the typical shipment of Fraser Fi…

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Thousands of Mississippians gathered at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo this past Friday for a political rally held by President Donald Trump. Although the arena itself reached max capacity, many of Trump’s supporters stood outside of the arena, clad with MAGA attire underneath the glow of …

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According to a release from Mississippi State University’s Dean of Students Thomas Bourgeois, Toby Nelson Menotti, a junior business administration major from Starkville, died July 16, 2019, in a car accident.

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Scholars made Mississippi State University history Tuesday night as Phi Beta Kappa installed a new chapter and inducted its inaugural class of 77 selected students into the Gamma of Mississippi chapter.

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The Orrin Swayze Scholastic Awards Program is a very selective scholarship program for finance students in the state of Mississippi. Throughout the years and under the direction of Finance Professor Michael Highfield, Mississippi State University has several recipients under its belt. This y…

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The College Republicans at Mississippi State University will host a Republican primary debate in conjunction with the MSU Department of Political Science and Public Administration. The debate will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 2 in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium on MSU's campus.

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A bipartisan bill increasing the sales tax of hotels and restaurants in Starkville by one percent passed in the Mississippi House of Representatives with a vote of 100-4. The bill, which would raise funds for a new Starkville sports complex, awaits a Senate vote; if it passes the Senate, it …

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Mississippi’s volunteer department had a massive year in 2018 with over 15,000 volunteers participating in activities across the entire state. Over 400,000 hours were spent on 3,700 projects and through all their hard work, Mississippi's volunteers raised nearly $650,000 last year alone.