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Keenum notes link between state's income level, number of people with college degrees

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During Monday's visit to the Starkville Rotary Club, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum drew a distinct line connecting the problems most affecting the state and higher education's role in addressing them.


Slimantics: Rhonda Keenum's role on Reeves' campaign goes beyond bad optics

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

During his speech Monday at the Starkville Rotary Club, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum posed a few questions to his audience.


Delta adds fourth flight out of GTRA

Posted yesterday in Area

Delta Air Lines will add a fourth round-trip flight out of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, a move that bucks recent trends and reflects the growth of the area's industries, said GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey.


MSU unveils statues of Clark, Palmeiro as part of weekend celebration

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Sports

Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro, also known as "Thunder and Lightning," have been larger-than-life figures among Mississippi State baseball fans since their memorable playing days for the Bulldogs in the 1980s.


The New Dude: MSU's $68-million baseball stadium opens to rave reviews

Posted 2/16/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Over the decades, the baseball facility at Mississippi State has acquired more names than a serial bride -- official names such as Dudy Noble Field and Polk-Dement Stadium, but also more colloquial names like "The Carnegie Hall of College Baseball" or the more familiar and certainly less pretentious, "The Dude."


The W opens year with no-hitters

Posted 2/16/2019 in College Sports

At sunrise Tuesday, it was 32 degrees or, as Mississippi University for Women softball coach John Newman calls it, "softball weather."


Sen. Younger: Proposed pay raise for teachers should be higher

Posted 2/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local legislators expressed disappointment Friday with two bills in the Mississippi Legislature affecting education, one of which aims to increase salaries for public school teachers and the other which -- had it not died in committee -- would have raised the pay for school board members.


Woodstock and the spirit of 1969: Local historian recounts a memorable year of turmoil, discovery

Posted 2/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Marc Harris grew up in upstate New York and although he didn't attend Woodstock, he remains fascinated by the event, which proved to be an iconic moment at the end of a turbulent decade.


SPD: Man offered multiple people $5K to commit murder

Posted 2/12/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Authorities at a probable cause hearing for a Starkville man arrested for conspiracy to commit murder said the suspect attempted to pay multiple people $5,000 to kill the victim of a Friday night homicide.


Monday profile: 'Miss Ann,' Kroger's beloved greeter, still has much to share

Posted 2/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ann Wozniak works 20 to 25 hours a week at Kroger in Columbus. You are as likely to hear she is at work as see she is at work. The chorus of "Hey, Miss Ann!" echoes through the busy grocery store as customers encounter the store's official greeter and unofficial goodwill ambassador and employee mentor.


Pelfrey encourages airmen to 'show people the light'

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The program for Friday's Columbus Air Force Base 2018 Awards Ceremony featured a two-page bio of the event's guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Pelfrey. The bio included highlights of his 30-year career in the Air Force. It also included a color-coded chart explaining the various run-way control signals, which seemed an odd thing to include in a bio.


Airport property bill, sales tax increases in GTR cities, all make it out of committee

Posted 2/6/2019 in Area

Legislation for local projects survived a critical Tuesday deadline in the Mississippi Legislature for moving general bills from committee to the full House and Senate.


Adeline Rollins: A year later

Posted 2/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's only been a year, but Adeline Rollins is almost twice the girl she used to be. "She's up to 33 pounds now," said Adeline's mom, Margaret Rollins. "She's at about the average weight for a 2-year-old."


Smithsonian exhibit broadens understanding of how water has shaped our world

Posted 1/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like a bracing splash of water to your face that awakens your senses, the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit greets you as soon as you step through the door at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum.


Caledonia, Columbus sue opioid companies, citing addiction's costs to communities

Posted 1/29/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus attorney Corky Smith has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the town of Caledonia against more than 20 opioid manufacturers and distributors seeking a yet to be specified amount in damages.


4-County weighs broadband in light of new legislation

Posted 1/26/2019 in Area

When the Mississippi Legislature took up a bill that would allow the state's electric cooperatives to provide broadband service to its customers, the term "high speed" was the operative word -- in more ways than one.


River advocate, guide and outfitter speaks of life on the Lower Mississippi

Posted 1/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine going on an adventure that would take you to one of the world's greatest, most diverse natural wonders of the world, brimming with an exotic array of plant and animal life, a remarkable ecosystem where 40 percent of America's songbirds and 60 percent of North America's migratory birds pass through, a place where white-tail deer and black bears still make their homes, a dynamic landscape that few people seem to know about.


'I still like the T-38': Columbus native recalls being the first to land trainer plane at CAFB

Posted 1/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 55 years now, the T-38 jet trainer has been a familiar sight in the skies over Columbus. Used as the primary aircraft for training U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots, there have been untold thousands of T-38 takeoffs and landings at Columbus Air Force Base, which currently has 91 of the T-38s at its disposal.


Johnson to leave post as public affairs head for CAFB

Posted 1/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Richard Johnson assumed the role of public affairs director for the 14th Flying Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, even his nickname seemed to make him a unique fit for the job. For almost 15 years, Johnson -- known by airmen and community members alike as "Sonic" -- used his credentials as a training pilot and his passion for sharing the story of CAFB with the community.


County will get no hospital trust funds from 2018

Posted 1/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the two firms who managed Lowndes County's hospital trust fund portfolio provided their year-end reports to County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, the information confirmed what Billingsley already knew: For the first time in the five-year history of the investment program, the county will have no dividends to pull from the account.



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