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in­crease safety on the road­way.

“High­way 12 is the sec­ond worst place for wrecks in the state,” she said.

Spruill said trees have been added to the me­dian on High­way 12 and new signs were in­stalled to im­prove beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the area.

“That’s some­thing I’ve been try­ing to stress to res­i­dents - beauty mat­ters,” she said. “That’s what keeps peo­ple com­ing back and why re­tirees come.”

Spruill said side­walks have also been in­stalled on High­way 182, and me­di­ans, lights and side­walks have been added on Rus­sell Street through a project with MSU and Mis­sis­sippi Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

Spruill said MSU foot­ball’s suc­cess while Dak Prescott was quar­ter­back, which she called “the Dak Ef­fect,” caused eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment in Starkville with an ur­ban area down­town and suburban feel out­side of down­town.

Spruill said the new al­co­hol or­di­nance in Starkville that was re­cently passed al­lowed for busi­ness ex­pan­sion.

Pre­vi­ously, any busi­ness was re­quired to be at least 250 feet away from a church to sell al­co­hol, but the or­di­nance was changed to the state re­quire­ment of 100 feet away from a church to sell al­co­hol.

Ac­cord­ing to Spruill, an­nex­a­tion of Starkville is one of her big plans for the fu­ture.

Spruill said the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of Starkville was ap­prox­i­mately 25,000, but she planned for Starkville to take over MSU and stu­dent hous­ing

to the north of town to in­crease the pop­u­la­tion by more than 5,000 peo­ple, which would bring in a ho­tel, taxes from the Ford deal­er­ship and Ca­dence Bank.

Ac­cord­ing to Spruill, the project would take two years and be com­pleted by 2020, but the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion of an­nex­a­tion was up the Mis­sis­sippi Supreme Court.

Another project Spruill ad­dressed is an in­dus­trial park north of Starkville, which would be a $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment to Starkville and Ok­tibbeha County.

Spruill said some peo­ple hate the nick­name Starkve­gas and some hate it, but she per­son­ally loved it be­cause she wanted stu­dents and res­i­dents to have fun while in Starkville.

She said Starkville hosts nu­mer­ous events each year in­clud­ing Bull­dog Bash, UnWine Down­town Pump­kinPalooza and Cot­ton Dis­trict Arts Fes­ti­val.

Spruill said she also wanted to fo­cus on art and mu­rals and hope­fully have mu­rals painted through­out Starkville.

“You in West Point have mu­rals down­town, and I’m so jeal­ous of that,” she said.

Spruill stressed the im­por­tance of not only Starkville and MSU work­ing to­gether, but West Point, Starkville and Co­mubus all work­ing to­gether for the greater good of the Golden Tri­an­gle.

“We want the Golden Tri­an­gle to be suc­cess­ful, and all en­ti­ties must work to­gether to achieve that,” she said.

—Mary Ru­more / Daily Times Leader Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill was the speaker dur­ing Ro­tary Club on Thurs­day.

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