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Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 12/17/2013 9:02 am
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — John Peeples is the owner and considers himself the caretaker of the Starkville Cafe, one of the city's oldest restaurants.

The restaurant, which opened in the mid 1940s, continues to be a star attraction. The locals and all their longtime customers know where it is, but do you?

That search is now going to be easier with the Wayfinding Signage System, a project pursued by the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

Signs can be found throughout the city and have been for years, but what sets these signs apart is a combination of both placement and style.

"It helps promote the attractions in addition to helping people move around the community effectively and find what they want to see. It also promotes the attractions to the visitors and to the local community," Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area project coordinator Kent Bain said.

"Anytime a city can come together and put anything out there that provides some navigational opportunities for folks to help them get to where they want to go, that's always good," Peeples said.

"Oh! I think it will be very helpful for all the people that come to the ballgames that are not originally from Oktibbeha County, and it helps us...that even know Oktibbeha County," Louisville resident Barbara Woodward said.

Starkville is the first, but the Wayfinding Signage System could be coming to a city near you. Officials from across the state will hit the road in Starkville for a bus tour and strategy session Tuesday.
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