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Principals named at CHS and CMS

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District named principals for Columbus High School and Columbus Middle School today during a special board meeting of the Board of Trustees. The two new principals will be familiar faces to parents and students; both are longtime assistant principals at the schools they will now run. Jill Savely will be the new principal at the high school, and Freda Dismukes will take the helm at the middle school.


Oboist prepares for symphony despite heat

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Bates is not an ordinary 27-year-old. With an effusive personality as bright as her joyful smile, she's smart, articulate, fun and funny. But she's also a serious and dedicated professional musician.

Sales tax receipts up over last year

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although sales tax figures have dropped slightly in Columbus over the past 30 days, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said the city is still posting higher numbers than predicted for the year. "We collected $809,699 in the month of May and $728,609 in the month of June," Bernsen said. "We are still doing better than we were doing a year ago."

Renasant relies on local contractors for new building

Posted 6/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renasant Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, already has two temporary locations in Starkville, but construction has begun on a new building that will merge the two offices.


Marriages and divorces 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Aldermen to ask FEMA approval on Carver Drive project

Posted 6/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to crowd outbursts and hot button issues, Mayor Parker Wiseman was forced to call the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to order several times Tuesday night, and he was also called on to cast the deciding vote in a 3-3 split that passed an improvised motion to seek Federal Management Agency approval for Carver Drive relief.


CMSD turns down Point of Grace's $175,000 offer for school

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Church congregations have successfully snapped up vacant city school properties over the past few years, but Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse was not so lucky in his recent attempt to purchase the sprawling Lee Middle School, which has sat empty since January 2011.

Apologetic Liddell backs off plan for early-release

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After considerable blow-back from her first major action as the Columbus Municipal School District's new superintendent, Dr. Martha Liddell reversed course Tuesday on a plan to dismiss students early on Wednesdays to allow time for teacher training and development.


Columbus Council hikes up pants, makes sagging pants ordinance official

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A month after approving a ban on sagging pants, the Columbus City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to implement the addition to the city's indecent exposure ordinance. The new language was designed specifically to penalize those who wear their pants below the waist or hip. Commonly called the "sagging pants ordinance," it was introduced by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box who said it was modeled after a similar ordinance in Tupelo.



Kappler resigns; Columbus now with three principal vacancies

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city schools finally have a new superintendent, but with the fall semester only a month and a half away, the administrative shuffle continues as the Columbus Municipal School District seeks to fill three, possibly four, key vacancies.


Humane Society flooded with donations after dog food theft

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after dealing with a puppy chow thief, the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society has a new, albeit good, problem: Local animal lovers have responded with a deluge of dog food -- more, in fact, than what was stolen.


State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's early dismissal plan, if implemented, may meet an early demise due to state board of education concerns over policy inconsistencies in other districts.



CVB won't fund Legends concert

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A request for the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to help fund the upcoming Legends concert was withdrawn Monday, after CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter recommended the board not fund the event started by the CVB.


Mississippi State lecturer explores women's roles in Civil War

Posted 6/19/2012 in Area

A former Mississippi State University professor and Starkville native will be giving a lecture on the Role of Women in the Civil War on Wednesday at the second annual Social Studies Teachers Summer Institute held on the university's campus.


Miss. counts how many lack ID under voting measure

Posted 6/19/2012 in State

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.


Local ties emerge as DAR marks bicentennial of War of 1812

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

On June 18, 1812, the young United States of America shocked the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Two centuries later, the conflict known widely as the "second war of independence" is being recognized in Columbus.

New bids expected on old 82 bridge

Posted 6/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Old Highway 82 bridge project will once again be revisited the Columbus City Council. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the board Tuesday will accept bids on the project. The board will vote to accept the lowest bid Tuesday night.


Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.



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