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Rescued Macon dogs ready for adoption

Posted 1/5/2012 in Area

It's been a difficult month for the neglected herd of dogs and the volunteers who rescued them from a residence on Firetower Road in Macon and took them to a makeshift shelter for medical treatment and eventual adoption.

 

Retired police officer loses home to fire

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fire broke out in Lowndes County on Tuesday night and destroyed the home of a former Columbus police officer.

 

 

Slain Starkville High student's funeral Sunday

STARKVILLE -- Funeral and memorial arrangements have been set for Devin Mitchell, who was a junior at Starkville High before his death on New Year's Day.

 

Teacher of the Year Rashean Hyde: It's all about the children

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They say good teachers are born, not made. But some teachers -- sometimes the very best -- take a circuitous route, trying everything and anything before settling on the one thing their hearts were called to do.

 

'Potter' exhibit open at community college in Jackson County

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- An exhibit that blends science and medicine with the "Harry Potter" books begins a six-week stay at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County Campus library on Jan. 17.

 

 

Mississippi judge tosses $322M asbestos lawsuit verdict

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.

 

 

Southaven aldermen fail to justify receipts

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- The Southaven Board of Aldermen said the vast majority of the $44,000 worth of receipts that they have been reviewing from Mayor Greg Davis' expenses were not city-related business.

 

 

Barbour farewell focuses on spending, collegiality

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- As he bade farewell to lawmakers Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged them to be mindful of taxpayers as they set state budgets and be patient with each other and with new state leaders because "you can't do diddly by yourself."

 

 

Oktibbeha County supervisors keep same team

If it isn't broke, don't fix it. The first Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2012 saw no changes in board officer appointments, from Board President Marvell Howard retaining his seat to Nora Goliday reprising her role as justice court clerk.

 

 

Edmonds' lawsuit to be heard by 5th Circuit

JACKSON -- A federal three-judge appeals panel has scheduled a hearing in New Orleans on Friday on efforts by Tyler Edmonds to revive his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.

 

Baby New Year arrives at Baptist Memorial

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ashley Williams, 25, was standing in church Sunday morning when she felt a sharp pain. Her baby wasn't due until Jan. 16, so she ignored the feeling until it became more insistent. Finally, she could ignore it no longer.

 

Sanders re-elected as supervisors president; road managers get raises

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanders made a motion to reappoint Ronnie Burns as county road manager with a raise of $3,460. Burns' salary was $68,540; it is now $72,000. Brooks said Burns has done a great job but he didn't think it appropriate to give raises other than during new budget adoption.

 

 

Columbus stunted by blighted areas, poor infrastructure

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry became the permanent Columbus city planner only months ago, but she is pushing the city to fix issues she has identified. Berry plans to hold a mayor-council workshop later this month to discuss ways to improve the city's planning issues, she announced to the council at Tuesday's meeting.

 

 

Starkville residents call form-based codes confusing

With each public hearing, Starkville's rezoning plans for downtown and corridors to Mississippi State University gain more public interest. Developers such as Jeremy Tabor have lauded the city's efforts.

 

 

Aldermen OK funding for Greta Road paving

Greta Lane will soon get a facelift. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday 5-2 to pave the gravel road using a Community Development Block Grant of $98,163.88. The funding will have no tax implications on residents.

 

New Lowndes officials take oaths, start terms

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The upper level of the Trotter Convention Center had enough Bibles in it Tuesday for a camp meeting. The were needed for all the oath taking that was going on.

 

Lowndes plagued by burglaries

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the past month. And the outbreak has residents thinking of ways to protect themselves.

 

 

Lohman reports to federal prison in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed people on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

 

BP says it is entitled to payment from Halliburton

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster.

 

 

Cold weather prompts shelter openings in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A hard freeze warning has been issued for parts south Mississippi and shelters have been opened to keep residents warm and safe.

 

 

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