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Hughes asks to be reinstated as Columbus schools CFO

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School District Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Hughes has withdrawn his request for a termination hearing. Hughes withdrew his request late last week.

Birds, paint issues delay Old 82 bridge project

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be the end of September before the city can officially close out the Old Highway 82 bridge restoration project due to two factors -- issues with the primer used in the painting process and a flock of protected migratory barn swallows who have made the construction site their temporary home.

Heritage Foundation may cut events

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation board will be watching the turnstiles from now on. As it puts together its plans for Fiscal Year 2014, the board will scrutinize events that are not generating enough tourism activity to justify Foundation resources, board president Dewitt Hicks and executive director Nancy Carpenter said during a recent board retreat.

Child porn sentencing scheduled for today

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography is scheduled for sentencing today in federal court in Oxford.

Community Market to remain open through August

Posted 7/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Market will stay open through August due to produce availability and increased consumer demand, Greater Starkville Development Partnership Special Events and Projects Coordinator Jennifer Prather confirmed Sunday.


MDOT sees good roads as economic engine

Posted 7/29/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is dealing with its maintenance crisis the only way it can -- shifting money away from new construction to the upkeep of more than 27,000 lane-miles.



MDOT to store roadside memorials for pick up

Posted 7/29/2013 in State



Miss., Ala. govs call for oil sands assessment

Posted 7/29/2013 in Area

The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Saturday their two states will partner to study oil sands resources.



Panel: 1/5th of child deaths in 2011 preventable

Posted 7/29/2013 in State



Counterfeit items from sting operation destroyed

Posted 7/29/2013 in Area

The attorney general's office has destroyed $750,000 worth of counterfeit shirts, shoes, purses, CDs and DVDs at a recycling center in Tupelo.



Some say industry arrogance fueled fracking anger

Posted 7/29/2013 in National



Mideast talks to resume amid deep skepticism

Posted 7/29/2013 in National



Radio, TV personality David 'Kidd' Kraddick dies

Posted 7/29/2013 in National


Columbus, Lowndes begin work on budgets

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

August is right around the corner, which means it's budget time for city and county officials.

Missouri company purchases Omnova property

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What currently sits as an underused building at the intersection of Highway 69 and Yorkville Road in Columbus may soon become a bustling industrial center again.


CVB takes steps toward strategic plan

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seven years after then-Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau officials first discussed the possibility and potential of a strategic plan, the current board of directors has decided it's time to get serious about putting one in place.


Shoppers take advantage of tax free holiday

Posted 7/27/2013 in Area

Parking lots in Columbus were filled to near capacity Saturday as parents took advantage of the annual sales tax holiday for their back to school shopping.


City sheds layer of transparency with Spruill's firing

Posted 7/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One key job function of the vacant chief administrative officer's position remains unassigned by the Starkville Board of Aldermen: A prior board resolution made Lynn Spruill's the city's primary point of contact for Freedom of Information Act requests.



Miss. officials laud startup gun manufacturer

Posted 7/27/2013 in State

It's only 10 jobs, but that's not stopping three of Mississippi's highest officials from lauding a new gun maker.



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