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Court: Wright wrongfully terminated

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-year saga has come to a close for Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright, whose name was cleared Wednesday when Lowndes County Chancery Court Judge Dorothy Colom ruled he was wrongfully terminated as principal of New Hope High School in 2010.

During interview, Liddell pushes for accountability

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Friday was interviewed by the board of trustees, as the last of three candidates vying for the full-time job.

Gardner sentenced to twenty years for burglary

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens Friday sentenced Demonta Gardner to 20 years in prison. A jury last week convicted Gardner of burglary of an occupied dwelling, but he was not convicted on a related armed robbery charge.

 

Crime report 5-27-12

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Breaking: Gardner sentenced to 20 years

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Demonta Gardner sentenced to 20 years for burglary of an occupied dwelling

Henson: 'It takes a village' now more than ever

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board gathered Thursday night to interview the second of three superintendent candidates, who provided detailed insight into the strategies her district employed to weather a reversal of fortunes and cope with common education challenges.

 

Statistics on Lowndes school safety and drug use released

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several years ago, when the Lowndes County School District was applying for a Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant through the United States Department of Education, school officials were required to survey students about prevalence and risk factors for drugs and violence on campus.

 

Armed robbery prosecution ends in mistrial

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard Thursday declared a mistrial for defendant Justin Richardson.

 

GSDP CEO search plan expected by mid-July

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There was no white smoke drifting from the chimney above the offices of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Thursday afternoon.

 

SPD introduces two-officer motorcycle unit

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In November, the Starkville Police Department was looking for a couple of good men for a new assignment. Candidates could be assured of being miserably hot in the summer, chilled to the bone in the winter and drenched in rainy weather. In addition, the candidates were assured of performing a tedious, thankless job. Oh, and the job is potentially dangerous.

 

Annexation lawsuit inches along

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In what Fourteenth Chancery District Judge H. Jim Davidson Jr. described as a "procedural matter," a date for discovery was set Thursday for the upcoming trial regarding annexation for the City of Columbus.

 

 

Crime report 5-25-12

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Gardner convicted of burglary

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for more than an hour, a Circuit Court jury Wednesday found Demonta "Gangsta" Gardner guilty of burglary of a dwelling but not guilty of armed robbery. A juror poll showed it agreed one hundred percent on the verdict.

 

Lowndes schools explore tuition-based pre-K

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks ago, the county school board approved a limited pre-kindergarten program for the district's neediest students, but Wednesday afternoon, they voted 4-1 to explore the possibility of expanding the program to include tuition-based preschool for students who don't qualify for the free classes.

 

 

Outlook healthy for LCSD budget

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Based upon preliminary budget figures, the Lowndes County School District is in good shape, but tough decisions will have to be made to offset changes in the county and state's financial picture, Business Officer Frances Goldmon told board members Wednesday afternoon during a budget workshop at the central office.

 

School takes active approach to teaching Spanish

Posted 5/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By the time Jack Fountain is in his mid-30s, a period generally considered the most productive years of a person's life, his country will be a much-different place than it is today. Researchers say that at the current pace, Hispanics will become the majority in the U.S. by 2040, which means more than half of the population will speak Spanish. Those who don't speak Spanish will find themselves in a minority and likely facing a competitive disadvantage.

 

Bryant signs law to limit attorney general's power

Posted 5/24/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.

 

OCSD promotes senior check-in service at annual picnic

Posted 5/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Along with a free lunch and some entertainment, Oktibbeha County senior citizens were given the opportunity to sign up for a potentially life-saving program on Wednesday at the Fifth Annual Senior Day at the Park.

 

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