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City planner beautifying Columbus one house at a time

Posted 2/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several houses around Columbus will get a fresh coat of paint just in time for spring thanks to a volunteer project that is the brainchild of City Planner Christina Berry.

 

Columbus proceeds with old river bridge plans

Posted 2/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The restoration of the historic Highway 82 bridge will take another step forward at tonight's Columbus City Council meeting. The council is slated to review project bids and discuss available funding.

 

 

Trainer's latest bond proposal falls short

Posted 2/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer Monday introduced yet another bond proposal to fix county roads and improve infrastructure. Like his last effort, it crashed by a 3-2 vote.

 

 

Grants could Help fund Oktibbeha Sheriff's Transport vehicles

Posted 2/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Monday discussed resolutions for a pair of rural development grants that would help fund two Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs for transport and a back-hoe to be used in District 5.

 

More questions than answers for victim's friends and neighbors

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An arrest was made Friday in a 14-year-old murder case which many believed had little hope of being solved. But for friends and neighbors of the victim, there remain more questions than answers.

 

Lock doors and windows say police after four home invasions

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A series of home invasions over the past few days led Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen to issue a public safety announcement Saturday encouraging residents to keep their doors and windows locked as an extra precaution.

 

 

McQueen: No promotions at this time

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen announced Saturday that he has decided not to promote any of the department's 69 officers at this time.

 

 

Charges dropped in shooting case

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charges were dropped Thursday against a 17-year-old arrested for shooting another teenager on December 29, 2011.

 

 

Holloway: SSD's strength is its people

Posted 2/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lewis Holloway is impressed with the extra curricular programs and the talented students in the Starkville School District.

 

 

Skeletal remains may solve Oktibbeha missing person case

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The skeletal remains found Tuesday in the Adaton community could help bring an 11-year-old missing person case to rest.

 

 

Saturday Profile: Bedsaul leading Foundation's charge

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Doug Bedsaul has been sharing his spare time volunteering in Starkville public schools for the last seven years.

 

 

Special election set for Noxubee superintendent

Posted 2/17/2012 in Area

JACKSON -- Noxubee County voters will choose a superintendent of schools in an April 3 special election.

 

 

New financing plan OK'd for MSU

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- Higher education officials will allow Mississippi State University to enter the "commercial paper" market to obtain $50 million for future construction projects.

 

Holloway: We need to change perceptions

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those who work for the Starkville School District don't need to be reminded of student achievement and quality of instruction.

Parents, students sick of bomb threats

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two false alarms this year, Columbus High students and family members are tired of bomb threats. Dozens of people were outside of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus Thursday morning, waiting -- parents waiting for children to arrive on buses, students waiting for a ride home.

Interim Columbus superintendent defends teacher cuts

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A little more than a week ago, city school officials announced plans to stanch the Columbus Municipal School District's financial hemorrhage by eliminating 59 teachers and support staff. At Monday night's school board meeting, as sign-waving protesters watched, the board tabled a motion to add 10 more names to the list.

Lowndes has more clout in Legislature

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle sits in a strategic political position these days, with locals filling the upper ranks of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Columbus man arrested in 14-year-old murder case

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen was just a lieutenant in the department's Criminal Investigations Division in 1997 when 70-year-old George Wilbanks was found stabbed and strangled in his north Columbus home. This morning, the new chief finally arrested his killer. McQueen formally arrested Earnest Terell Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, and charged him with Wilbanks' murder in front of a gaggle of local media gathered in the courtroom at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

 

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