Out­law Cen­ter struck by lightning over week­end

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By RYAN PHILLIPS edi­tor@starkvilledai­lynews.com

The Travis Out­law Cen­ter at the Starkville Sport­splex on Lynn Lane suf­fered what of­fi­cials be­lieve to be a lightning strike over the week­end, which caused a bit of stress for the Parks and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment go­ing into the week.

The cause of the strike likely re­sulted from a line of se­vere storms that moved through the area on Satur­day caus­ing some mi­nor dam­age to trees and struc­tures.

“We're still re­search­ing what hap­pened but our staff said they heard a loud boom Satur­day dur­ing the storm,” said in­terim Parks Di­rec­tor Gerry Lo­gan said on Mon­day. “It knocked out the el­e­va­tor and fried our phone con­trol sys­tem.”

Luck­ily, Lo­gan said the city's IT Depart­ment had some spare phones so the depart­ment could op­er­ate in the short-term.

“For any­one that needs to reach the parks of­fice, call City Hall at 662-323-2525 and ask for or dial ex­ten­sion 3139,” Lo­gan said. “We can also be reached via email at info@starkvilleparks. com or pri­vate mes­sages on Face­book and Twit­ter.”

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