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The Reflector

The social media platform TikTok is emerging as a method to promote and review literary works.

‘BookTok’ online community provides literary exposure

Grace Sullivan, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

“That was what I'd always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn't move until the...

Many Starkville businesses offer Valentine’s Day specials.

Starkville businesses respond to Valentine’s excitement, demands

Anne Louise Phillips, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Valentine’s Day is a day associated with friendship, romance and pink glitter that spreads everywhere. Starkville businesses have been getting involved with the spirit of the holiday by offering unique...

The Coffee Depot rolls coffee cart into Starkville

The Coffee Depot rolls coffee cart into Starkville

Anne Louise Phillips, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

The Coffee Depot, located on South Jackson Street, is in the process of launching their new full-service coffee cart for catering and events. Sarah Morgan, owner of The Coffee Depot, opened the shop...

The S.M.A.R.T. bus system faces a driver shortage, limiting the number of buses on route.

SMART bus ridership increases despite reports of unreliability

Lizzie Tomlin, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

In the cold months that ended the fall semester, Jenna Sutherland layered up for her commute to campus. Two sweatshirts, a puffer jacket and an extra pair of socks were not Sutherland’s usual attire...

Theological conflict is unfolding over the role of LGBTQ+ people within the UMC.

Starkville church remains within UMC amid schism over LGBTQ+ bans

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer November 13, 2023

The Starkville First United Methodist Church voted to remain a member of the United Methodist Church in September amid a schism over the role of LGBTQ+ people in the church. United Methodist Church law...

Davis is a lifelong musician and freelanced in the 1960s and 70s. 

Starkville musician recounts legendary Johnny Cash arrest

Anne Louise Phillips, Contributing Writer November 13, 2023

Ronnie Davis, aged 74, leaned against the counter at the AAA Jewelry and Loan with a pack of Marlboros in his shirt pocket, instruments lining the wall behind him. “This is how I keep myself busy,”...

Trick or Treat on the Row provides families with a Halloween atmosphere and candy in bulk.

Halloween events come to Starkville

Ivy Rose Ball, Photography Editor October 23, 2023

Three free-admission Halloween events will be hosted around Starkville for all community members to attend Oct. 26. MSU Student Association has worked in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority...

Gregs Produce Barn provides a local alternative to supermarkets.

Greg’s Produce Barn wraps up season

Emma Hardy, Contributing Writer October 23, 2023

Greg’s Produce Barn, a market offering an assortment of locally grown crops to Oktibbeha County residents, opened for its last day of the season on Sunday. The market will not open its doors again...

Coyotes are abundant in Mississippi and are natural predators, preying on small animals.

Coyote sightings strike fear in Starkville residents

Samuel Hughes, News Editor October 15, 2023

Patricia McCarthy, a 70-year-old resident of Hunting Park in Starkville, was having her rotten backyard fence replaced. Barren fence posts stood against the dimming afternoon sky when McCarthy stepped...

Chamberlain and his children spend time biking, which has instilled a biking interest in his children.

In a car-centric culture, MSU professor Chamberlain bikes his kids to school

Anne Louise Phillips, Staff Writer October 9, 2023

James Chamberlain, a professor of political theory in the Mississippi State University Department of Political Science and Public Administration, has been biking his kids to school since 2018. “I...

Fountain Bars rebranded 3-4-1 drink special offers a new, student-focused atmosphere.

Fountain Bar Study Hall replaces 3-4-1 special

Lizzie Tomlin, Staff Writer October 8, 2023

Fountain Bar hosted their first "Study Hall" event Oct. 3 to replace the popular 3-4-1 drink special that was canceled due to a public brawl in September. Study Hall is a drink special offering three drinks...

Water overflowed from Lincoln Green into The Social Block parking lot, causing water damage to parked vehicles.

Starkville residents suffer aging water infrastructure

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer October 2, 2023

A pipe suffered a rupture on Lincoln Green in Starkville Sept. 5, causing water damage and disrupting service to the nearby areas. The rupture caused an overflow of water into the Social Block apartment...

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