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District 5 VFD replacing aging equipment with grant

Posted 8/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

District Five Volunteer Fire Department will replace two aging tanker trucks with a new, higher-capacity unit after securing a majority of the transaction's funding through a federal grant, volunteer fire department officials confirmed this week.

 

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

Posted 8/28/2014 in National

A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners.

 

Firing range death by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

Posted 8/28/2014 in National

The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

AP source: American militant killed in Syria

Posted 8/28/2014 in National

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

 

'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

Posted 8/28/2014 in National

Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

 

 

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Posted 8/28/2014 in National

In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.

 

 

McDaniel demands election records

Posted 8/28/2014 in State

Attorneys for Chris McDaniel have issued subpoenas demanding election records from more than half of Mississippi's counties for a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

 

 

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

Posted 8/28/2014 in Business

Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 8-28-14

Posted 8/28/2014 in Business

 

 

Building permits 8-28-14

Posted 8/28/2014 in Business

 

Lowndes County bond issue fails

Posted 8/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters on Tuesday rejected a $47 million bond issue that would have built a new vocational center and a new high school, as well as numerous capital improvements throughout the Lowndes County School District.

CMSD supe: All 9th, 10th graders under-performing

Posted 8/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every freshman and sophomore at Columbus High School is performing below grade level in mathematics, according to Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman.

Scores released on state Curriculum Test

Posted 8/27/2014 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Education on Tuesday released every school district's performance percentage scores for math and reading for the 2013-2014 school year. The Mississippi Curriculum Test tests students in third through eighth grade.

MSU AD Stricklin: 'It's true to our vision'

Posted 8/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin simply smiled and shook his head. When asked Tuesday afternoon about his favorite aspect of MSU's soon-to-be unveiled $75 million expansion to Davis Wade Stadium, Stricklin had a hard time choosing.

Long-time Columbus GNC franchise owner retires

Posted 8/27/2014 in Business

Thirty years ago, after working a series of small jobs, often multiple ones at a time, Jo Ann Walk-Ferguson helped open the GNC in Leigh Mall in Columbus. Now, she has retired.

 

Millport water treatment working, but long term is key

Posted 8/27/2014 in Area

The city's water treatment enhancements have yielded positive results in the first few weeks of testing, but the current system's sustainability is unknown.

 

 

OCSD warning of suspects posing as law enforcement

Posted 8/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County law enforcement agents are warning residents of two suspects who are reportedly posing as police officers and conducting illegal traffic stops after a resident claimed she was taken to Kemper County against her will Monday.

 

 

Aldermen stall capital improvements exercise

Posted 8/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A process identifying a variety of potential Starkville capital improvement projects was put on hold Tuesday as aldermen were not ready to decide if the city should identify needs in future work sessions with financial advisor Demery Grubbs.

 

 

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