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East Mississippi Community College graduates more than 900

Posted 5/12/2012 in Area

East Mississippi Community College students have graduated and they're ready to take their next step toward excellence, whether it's transferring to a four-year college or university or entering the job market.

Airbase report: $262 million pumped into local economy in 2011

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With higher sales tax numbers and lower employment figures already in place for Lowndes County and Columbus, the area received more positive economic news as the Columbus Air Force Base on Friday released its fiscal year 2011 economic impact report. The report was presented during a luncheon sponsored by the Base Community Council.

Mabus and Jones encourage service during MSU's graduation ceremonies

Posted 5/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Service was the theme of Mississippi State's Spring commencement exercises as a pair of military leaders with deep Mississippi roots stressed the virtues of "giving back" to more than 2,400 degree candidates during the university's split ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Rescued girl tells sister: 'Now we can go home'

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Days of grueling searches for two young girls and the kidnapper who killed their mother and sister led to the kind of terrain that favors the hunted -- high hardwoods and deep ravines near a red-brick church perched on a hill.

China tensions spur deeper US-Philippine alliance

Posted 5/12/2012 in National

China's assertive behavior is breathing life into America's historically tumultuous relationship with the Philippines.

 

NC gov wrong to speak ill of Miss., Bryant says

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult Mississippi while bemoaning that voters in her state approved a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

 

Columbus redistricting talks on hold until Tuesday's council meeting

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redistricting talks Thursday continued, between members of the Columbus City Council and consultant Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson. Considering a 20 percent variance between the city's highest populated ward -- Ward 6 -- and its least populated -- Ward 4, Watson presented a proposed redistricting map, in which the variance would be cut to 9.5 percent.

Starkville celebrates 175 years

Posted 5/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trouble with a 175th birthday party is no one is around to remember the birth.

Annunciation students take an international approach to learning

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The sombreros were nearly as tall as the preschoolers wearing them, evoking smiles, a flurry of camera flashes and proud parents hefting iPads to video the youngsters.

Student faces six counts of aggravated DUI

Posted 5/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A community college student from Starkville faces six counts of aggravated DUI in the wake of Wednesday's fatal car crash that claimed the life of 19-year-old Treasure Huffman, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday.

 

March sales tax collections up throughout Golden Triangle

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

Consumer confidence may be on an upswing in the Golden Triangle as March sales tax figures show a steady increase from February and from 2011 numbers.

 

 

Fourth name for CMSD superintendent released

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District released the name of the fourth superintendent candidate, as well as the interview schedule, late Thursday afternoon.

 

Clean-up tomorrow at East Columbus detention pond

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An East Columbus eyesore will be getting a facelift, thanks to the family of the late Ward 2 Councilman Doug Mackay.

 

Trial dates set for doctors Burtman and White

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus doctors facing federal drug charges soon will have their respective days in court.

 

 

Some improvement in low Miss. science scores

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

A national sampling of eighth-graders' performance in science showed Mississippi with a small improvement from 2009 to 2011 but still below the national average.

 

 

NAACP asks feds to block Mississippi voter ID law

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block what will likely become the state's new voter ID law, contending it will violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by diminishing the voting strength of minorities.

 

Miss. police chief says kidnap-slaying suspect has been killed; 2 girls are OK

Posted 5/10/2012 in State

Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

Starkville to celebrate 175th year on Friday

Posted 5/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trouble with a 175th birthday party is no one is around to remember the birth.

 

Oktibbeha wreck kills one teen, injures six

Posted 5/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Speeding and alcohol likely played a role in a one-vehicle accident in which one person was killed and six others injured, three seriously, early Wednesday morning.

 

 

CMSD superintendent search down to four

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year of transition, the city school board met last week to review superintendent resumes, swiftly choosing from 20 applicants to four preferred candidates. Interviews will begin in less than two weeks.

 

 

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