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Governor's School uses eclectic classes to inspire creativity

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Textbooks have given way to Sudoku, South Park, and sushi this summer as the top high schoolers in the state gather for the 32nd annual Mississippi Governor's School at Mississippi University for Women.

A welcome change: Drop in gas prices has little effect on city's budget

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

After months of grim forecasts and overwrought predictions, gas prices did the exact opposite of what was predicted and took a nosedive. According to gasbuddy.com the average price in Columbus is $3.27 a gallon, with the lowest prices being $3.23 a gallon at Murphy USA. The highest price was found at Sandfield One Stop with a price of $3.39 a gallon.

Caveat Emptor: Law enforcement sees surge in scams

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

Local law enforcement are urging the public to be "suspicious and cautious" of several different scams that both the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office have had an increased number of reports for.

Juneteenth Festival ready to welcome crowds

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival have put the finishing touches on a three-day celebration set for tonight, Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The event coincides with similar activities around the country commemorating the abolition of slavery.

 

Crime report 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary of the Columbus-Lowndes Human Society.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business

 

 

Building permits 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business

 

 

Columbus hires firm to explore energy-saving options

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the City of Starkville has started making waves across the state for its new energy efficiency methods, Columbus has begun its own process.

 

 

Suspect in pistol whipping still at large

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a suspect in an alleged pistol whipping (aggravated assault) and shots fired case.

 

 

MPB program focuses on energy saving

Posted 6/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County will be featured in a 30-minute documentary highlighting energy-efficient projects undertaken by local governments.

 

Fire Department receives new rating

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners in the city. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a four, which is up from its rating a five where it has remained for the past 30 years.

 

Looking for a Father's Day outing? Join dad on a double-decker tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In honor of all dads this Father's Day, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation will offer free double-decker bus tours of historic Columbus Sunday, June 17, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

 

 

Student obesity rate drops in Miss.

Posted 6/12/2012 in State

Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.

 

 

Columbus schools implement early release Wednesdays; Policy adopted after community leaves meeting

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a flip-flop motion, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Monday killed a motion to approve superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell's 2012/2013 school calendar, which thereby killed Liddell's proposal for an early release program. The motion died on the table without a second from a board member. But immediately after an executive session, board member Aubra Turner made a motion on the school calendar and it passed on a 3-1-1 vote.

 

 

Bike helmet ordinance still contentious issue

Posted 6/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For more than a month, the Starkville Board of Aldermen has been debating a revision to the bicycle helmet ordinance it narrowly passed two years ago. When the board held a public hearing on the matter on May 2 there was no consensus from the public, either. The board will likely address the ordinance again at next week's meeting, and if previous votes on the matter are any indication, Tuesday could be just as divided as the initial ordinance.

 

 

Columbus climbs in Policom industry rankings

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus continues to gain strength on a nationally published economic analysis poll.

 

Suspect sought in Auburn shooting that killed three

Posted 6/11/2012 in State

Authorities searched Monday for a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a pool party near Auburn University that a witness said began with a fight over a woman.

Monday profile: Dream began in diapers for CPD rookie

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Canyon Boykin, becoming a police officer has been a "life-long dream." Boykin's dream came to fruition recently when he was sworn in as an officer with the Columbus Police Department by Mayor Robert Smith.

 

Cyberstalking cases are hard to prosecute

Posted 6/11/2012 in Area

Stalking laws have been on the books in the United States since the early 1990's, and in 2003, following suite with a number of other states, Mississippi enacted a felony cyberstalking statute to help fight digital victimization. Even so, only a relative few cases are prosecuted.

 

 

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