82 Sluggers

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Local baseball team, the “82 Sluggers”, won the 82 Challenge Celebrating Moms Tournament on May 9, 2015.  … Read more

Helping out

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Pictured is Rick Jenkins, Chairman of the Choctaw County Medical Foundation and David Liffrig, General Manager at North American Coal (Mississippi Lignite Mining Company).  North American Coal presented a $2000 donation to the Choctaw County Medical Foundation last week.… Read more

Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Board of Directors

Photos by Donna McKay
(Right) (Left to right) Top Row – Matthew Cauthen, Kasey Burney Young, Debbie Bunkelman, Middle Row – Jennifer Pendleton, Elizabeth Jenkins, Christina Miller, Bottom Row – Juliette Ashford, Amanda McBride, Donna McKay

By Amanda McBride/Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce

The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce and its members welcomed a new Board of Directors earlier this year. Four new Directors have joined the Board along with three existing Directors.

In March, the … Read more

Wonders of Japan is set for July 7

Chieko Iwata
Photo by Beth Wynn

Written by: Allison Matthews, Editor, Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University
Photo by: Beth Wynn
Submitted by: Juli Hughes, County Coordinator, MSU Extension Service – Choctaw County 662-285-6337

Chieko Iwata will present a program on Japan including school … Read more

Local businesses dress DYW Winner for State

Kyla Perry, current DYW winner, with Heather Holmes, past DYW winner of Bombshell Boutique


Kyla Perry, Choctaw County’s Distinguished Young Woman, has been preparing for the state program, which will be held in Meridian in late July.

When the local program was held in March, two businesses offered clothing for the winner of … Read more

Choctaw Animal Shelter to host fundraisers this summer

McAllister’s Deli in Starkville recently hosted a fundraising event for the Choctaw County Animal Shelter. Volunteers from the shelter assisted in serving customers for the night. During the four-hour period, McAlister’s donated all tips and 10 percent of all meals to the shelter. Pictured are Choctaw County Animal Clinic staff workers and volunteers, as well as the McAlister’s staff.

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Animal Shelter has big plans for the summer as it participates in a number of concluded and upcoming fundraising events.

Choctaw County Animal Shelter Director Rita Morris is very excited about … Read more

A day for dad: The roots of Father’s Day

By Tresa Erickson

Picture it. It’s the early 1900s, and while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, a young woman begins to reflect on her life. She had lost her mother in her teens and was raised by her father. … Read more

Tools make great Father’s Day gifts

By Gary R. Bachman
MSU Horticulturist
Coastal Research & Extension Center

Last month, I wrote about getting mom the perfect Mother’s Day rose. With Father’s Day just a couple of weeks away, it’s gift time again. I’ve always enjoyed getting … Read more

Seventeen receive GED diplomas from EMCC Launch Pad

​Ten GED graduates took part in the ceremony at Lion Hills. They are, first row from left, Shikasmine Walker of Prairie, Destiny McDill of Caledonia, Alex Smith of Starkville, Dawnice Mullins of Columbus and Deah Lemmon of Ackerman. On the back row are Xaiver Adams of Columbus, Jeremy Godsey of Carrollton, JR Morgan of Starkville, Tyson Halfacre of Starkville and William Carr of Miami, Fla.


COLUMBUS – Alex Smith suffers from test anxiety – but her time at East Mississippi Community College’s Launch Pad left her too prepared to fail.

The 17-year-old from Starkville was one of 17 Launch Pad students to earn their … Read more