- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors has approved a joint proposal with Mississippi State University for an engineering assessment of the MSU Horse Park harness racing track.

The Starkville Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1pPoTKy ) that under the deal reached Monday, the firm Shafer and Associates will conduct the assessment.

The study will cost about $8,000 and will examine the measures and materials necessary to repair the track.

The board agreed to split the cost of the assessment with the university.

Gary Jackson, director of Mississippi State University Extension Service, says reopening the track to the public would bring economic benefits to the area, adding that the Mississippi Trotting Association has already expressed a desire to hold monthly races that could attract local and out-of-state racers.

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Information from: Starkville Daily News, http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/

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