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Tombigbee water level remains in normal range

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Drought conditions and resulting low water levels of the Mississippi River aren't affecting the Tombigbee River, officials said Thursday.

Starkville restaurant manager picked again for Columbus CVB post

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Bernard Buckhalter was re-appointed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote of the city council. Buckhalter is the manager of a Wendy's chain restaurant in Starkville.

Lightning strikes keep firefighters hopping

Two fires in Oktibbeha County that occurred at nearly the same time were both the cause of lightning strikes during a pop-up thunderstorm Thursday morning, according to the local fire departments that responded to the calls. Although no injuries were reported for either fire, both brought unexpected problems for the departments working them.

 

Starkville aldermen amend zoning ordinance

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to amend the city's zoning ordinance after having the board's second public hearing on the matter Tuesday night. The board also held its first public hearing on adopting a new ordinance to regulate certain areas of commercial and residential outdoor display and requested a title search by the city attorney for property near the Carver Drive ditch.

 

Summer reading programs keep kids intellectually engaged

Posted 7/5/2012 in Area

School's out for summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more pencils, no more books for local students, many of whom are already immersed in reading assignments for the upcoming school year. While students may groan and parents may wonder what happened to the carefree vacations they remember, educators, backed by statistics, favor summer reading as a way to prevent "brain drain" -- the loss of critical skills attained in the classroom and shoved in the locker when the dismissal bell rings each summer.

 

Columbus Mayor disputes 'flower-gate' report

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Tuesday said a recent column in The Packet is "not true." During a meeting of the Columbus City Council, Smith read Packet writer Ron Williams' column from the June 29 edition of the newspaper, which criticized city crews for planting flowers in the Dean Acres community, where Smith lives.

 

 

Caledonia proposes deal to end dispute with water employee

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee may soon see the pay increase he's spent more than a year fighting to receive.

 

 

Caledonians fume over rates despite 'adjustment'

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are beginning to feel the impact of a water and sewer rate hike which went into effect June 1, but limited relief for some may be on the way.

 

 

Miss. black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

Posted 7/5/2012 in State

Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

Business brief: Cox designated specialist

Posted 7/5/2012 in Business

John W. Cox, M.D., has been designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 7-5-12

Posted 7/5/2012 in Business

 

 

Research provides help in battle against domestic violence

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

A recent study conducted by the Columbus Police Department will be used to combat domestic violence. The research project, created through the office of Chief Selvain McQueen, shows more than 100 domestic violence cases have been reported in Columbus between January and July.

 

 

Farmers' Market earns state certification

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The market was certified as part of the Mississippi Certified Farmers' Market Program, which was launched by the MDAC as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers' markets across the state.

 

Hood reaps what he sews: Columbus native and ex-soldier found his niche as upholsterer

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a young Mississippi soldier on furlough, the sign in a Kansas City shop window was tantalizing. Who could resist cracking the door ever so slightly, peering inside this strange world that beckoned? He was planning to re-enlist, but it wouldn't hurt to see if the sign's prescient promise held merit. "Your future is in upholstery," the poster in the window boldly asserted, and for Willie Hood, that proved to be true.

The Kid's speech: Starkville's Xu gets national exposure in Huffington Post

After he gave his graduation speech, Brian Xu quietly walked back to his seat on the front row. It was only after he sat down that the crowd in Humphrey Coliseum burst into applause, eventually rising to a standing ovation for the Starkville High School valedictorian.

Burn Ban Issued for Lowndes County

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ban issued until July 31

 

Lowndes County schools seek to achieve unitary status

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling which declared school segregation unconstitutional, but desegregation came slowly in Mississippi, with many districts -- including Lowndes County -- not achieving complete integration until placed under court order to do so in 1970.

 

Dry conditions, fireworks: hazardous mix

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

Fireworks have become almost synonymous with Independence Day; they are bright, colorful, loud and conjure images of "the bombs bursting in air" made famous in our National Anthem. But dry conditions this year may put a damper on some of the celebrations.

 

Events set for 4th Celebration

Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.

 

 

Covin makes court appearance on child abuse charges

A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.

 

 

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