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Columbus stunted by blighted areas, poor infrastructure

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry became the permanent Columbus city planner only months ago, but she is pushing the city to fix issues she has identified. Berry plans to hold a mayor-council workshop later this month to discuss ways to improve the city's planning issues, she announced to the council at Tuesday's meeting.

 

 

Starkville residents call form-based codes confusing

With each public hearing, Starkville's rezoning plans for downtown and corridors to Mississippi State University gain more public interest. Developers such as Jeremy Tabor have lauded the city's efforts.

 

 

Aldermen OK funding for Greta Road paving

Greta Lane will soon get a facelift. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday 5-2 to pave the gravel road using a Community Development Block Grant of $98,163.88. The funding will have no tax implications on residents.

 

New Lowndes officials take oaths, start terms

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The upper level of the Trotter Convention Center had enough Bibles in it Tuesday for a camp meeting. The were needed for all the oath taking that was going on.

 

Lowndes plagued by burglaries

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the past month. And the outbreak has residents thinking of ways to protect themselves.

 

 

Lohman reports to federal prison in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed people on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

 

BP says it is entitled to payment from Halliburton

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster.

 

 

Cold weather prompts shelter openings in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A hard freeze warning has been issued for parts south Mississippi and shelters have been opened to keep residents warm and safe.

 

Police chief: Murder victim 'fired at for no reason;' suspect mistook firecrackers for gunfire (updated 4:57 p.m.)

Posted 1/3/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Details of the murder of Starkville High School student Devin Mitchell have emerged. Mitchell, who was murdered early New Year's Day, was visiting relatives at Ridgewood Apartments on East Main Street when he was shot by Tavaris F. Collins, according to police.

 

Brown chosen as No. 2 in Senate

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers convened their 2012 session Tuesday with a history-making Republican majority, as the House elected Philip Gunn of Clinton as its new presiding officer.

 

 

11-year-old girl dies in go-kart accident

A second Starkville School District student died on New Year's Day in a go-kart accident in Athens, Ala. Laura Carson, 11, crashed into the back of an unoccupied parked vehicle at 1:15 p.m. on Mahalo Circle, south of U.S. 72, about 100 feet from the Athens city limits, according to The Decatur (Ala.) Daily News. Troopers said she was not wearing a helmet.

 

 

Partnership aiming for 2012 tech expansion

After a successful year of retail growth and high-tech job expansion, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jon Maynard has high hopes for 2012. The Partnership added 30 new members in 2011 and expects to grow its membership base, currently 400 local businesses and industries, with more restaurants and shops.

 

Lowndes sheriff reflects on service

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newly retired Lowndes County sheriff is looking forward to catching fish. But he leaves office bothered by the ones he didn't catch -- three cases for which he and the families have no closure.

 

Starkville girl dies in go-kart accident in Alabama

Tragedy struck New Year's Day in East Limestone when a 10-year-old girl from Starkville, Miss., died while driving a go-kart.

 

Starkville High student murdered in West Point; 31-year-old man in custody

Posted 1/1/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Starkville High School junior Devin Mitchell was shot and killed Sunday morning at the Ridgewood Apartments at 1311 E. Main St. in West Point. Clay County 911 received calls at 2:55 a.m. of gunshots fired near the complex. Officers arrived and found Mitchell, 16, of Starkville, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he died as a result of his injuries, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said. WPPD has arrested Tavaris F. Collins, 31, aka "Frog" and charged him with murder. Brinkley said a motive for the murder is still under investigation.

Top stories of the year 2011

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi is ranked 29th in use of alternative energy, according to a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship. Soon, two manufacturers of alternative energy will be located in Lowndes County.

Kountry Kitchen moves, so do customers

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a strange alchemy involved when people gather at a kitchen table. Maybe it's the symbolic -- and literal -- breaking of bread. Maybe it's the commonality of primal need meeting gustatory pleasure. Maybe it's the way no matter what changes, this remains the same: Food equals fellowship, and in an increasingly impersonal world, fellowship is the one thing that can't be shrink-wrapped, freeze-dried or vacuum-sealed.

 

Officials on fireworks: Obey the law; stay safe

Posted 12/31/2011 in Area

 

 

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