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No fireworks at Oktibbeha Supervisors meeting

Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was more about house-keeping than anything else, with the debate regarding the possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital almost going unmentioned. Almost.

 

 

EMCC outlines ambitious plans for Lowndes supes

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citing an increase in enrollment and antiquated buildings, Dr. Rick Young, President of East Mississippi Community College, Monday presented the school's strategic plan for the Golden Triangle Campus at Mayhew to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

 

Columbus Police make arrest in church burglary

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has arrested one suspect and is looking for another in connection with the burglary of a local church.

Monday profile: Moulds' career switch lands her in district attorney's office

Posted 7/2/2012 in Area

Katie Moulds was contemplating attending medical school after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University, but a summer internship changed her career course forever.

 

Aldermen consider zoning amendment

Other than holding two public hearings on Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting will likely be uneventful. The board will hold its second public hearing on amending the zoning ordinance for rebuilding requirements on damaged non-conforming residential buildings. Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins first brought the proposed amendment to the board during their June 5 meeting, and had it's first public hearing June 19.

 

Baptist unveils new physical therapy center

Posted 7/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new outpatient physical therapy center may be smaller, but that just makes it better, staff members at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle said Friday as they celebrated the project's completion during an open house reception.

 

Judge temporarily blocks abortion law

Posted 7/2/2012 in State

A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining order the day the new law took effect. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block the law for a longer time.

 

 

Columbus AFB airman dies in vehicle accident

Posted 7/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Air Force Base airman has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near West Point.

 

 

Lowndes County School District expected to pass budget

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District is expected to pass its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget at the July 13 board meeting, Business Officer Frances Goldmon said Friday. The $48.92 million budget includes funding for 13 new positions and employee raises.

 

Students' summer job season begins

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a slow and steady drop in unemployment rates, more Lowndes County residents are working this summer than since the recession of 2008. But the number of those seeking employment may be on the rise, as many are seeking summer jobs, while on a break from high school or college. And with six or more weeks to go before school begins, the job hunt for some students will continue.

Former legislator, Justice Court judge McCrary dies

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi legislator and Lowndes County Justice Court judge passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

 

Hundreds of new laws take effect in Mississippi

Posted 6/30/2012 in State

The process for injured Mississippi workers getting insurance payments will become more restrictive. Dyslexic students will be able to transfer to other public or private schools and have the state pay for it. And AT&T will be relieved of obligations to hook up phone service to certain customers. Those are among the new Mississippi laws that come into force Sunday, with the start of the state's 2012-2013 budget year.

 

 

Parents mourn drowning of toddler

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local couple is mourning the loss of their two-year-old son, after the toddler drowned in an above-ground swimming pool in north Columbus Friday night.

 

 

Oktibbeha supervisors: Calm before a storm

Posted 6/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey doesn't expect Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting to be nearly as contentious as the last couple meetings and is hoping for a mild "pre-holiday meeting."

 

Heat wave's effect on farming uncertain

Posted 6/29/2012 in Area

The Golden Triangle is set to experience the summer's first significant heat wave this weekend, and while most people might be scrambling to find sunscreen, bottled water and shade, area farmers are left waiting to see how their crop preparation has paid off.

 

Supreme Court health-care ruling prompts mixed reaction

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents Friday had mixed reactions on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling largely upholding President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

 

 

New law may help curb metal theft

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People looking to illegally traffic copper wire and other industrial materials may find it more difficult to find buyers for their goods. Beginning Sunday, a new state law goes into effect further restricting the buying and selling of industrial materials.

 

 

School lunch: Now healthier, more expensive

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pushed by federal guidelines to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, school nutritionists across the nation are feeling the financial hit as they try to figure out how to cost-effectively meet the new requirements, which mark the first significant changes to the government-subsidized school lunch program in 15 years.

 

 

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