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Local woman aids in inmate escape

A Starkville woman is charged with aiding the escape of an inmate.

Saddle up: The pros are headed to Starkville to rodeo

On Friday and Saturday, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to the Mississippi Horse Park. Hosted by the Starkville Rotary Club, this event is the club's largest fundraiser each year. The members strive to not only make it an exciting, edge-of-your-seat event, but also donate proceeds to help support local youth through the tuition guarantee program.

 

Starkville officials clash over legality of stormwater charges

The Starkville Board of Aldermen tabled a measure Tuesday that would expedite drainage improvements in the city.

 

 

Bond set for Dutch Village suspect

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set for the man involved in a Saturday night incident which injured a county Metro Narcotics agent and landed a Columbus police officer on leave pending investigation. Marvin Dale Kyles, 25, of 75 Glynis Road in Steens, was issued a $50,000 bond on the felony charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.

 

 

Columbus school district explores fundraising foundations

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's always nice to have a little extra money in the coffers, and city school leaders are hoping they may have hit upon a partial solution to a longtime budget crisis. Many districts have organized educational foundations to serve as the fundraising arm of schools, and the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring the option.

 

 

Columbus wants more from economic development arm

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins first arrived in Columbus, his only mandate from city officials was to get the town a movie theater. Nearly nine years later, Higgins received another mandate from the City Council in a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss retail, economic and regional development.

 

 

Turner appointed to Starkville school board

Jenny Turner is the newest member of the Starkville School District board of trustees. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to name Turner, who has two children in the district, to the five-member board. Turner will replace board member and former board president Pickett Wilson, whose term expires in March.

 

 

City to Harry Sanders: We want an apology

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus City Council retaliated Tuesday night against recent remarks made by a county supervisor. During the general comments section of the meeting, Ward 6 Councilman Kabir Karriem called for Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders to publicly apologize for comments made during a speech at a local civic club.

 

 

Columbus schools cut 59 positions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday was grim across the Columbus Municipal School District, with approximately 59 teachers and support staff learning their contracts will not be renewed. Only a few members of the public were present for an afternoon press conference at Brandon Central Services, where Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell made the announcement.

 

 

Murder, assault cases continued in Oktibbeha Circuit Court

The high-profile cases of the January term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court were continued Tuesday. The defense team of George Johnson, 21, or Weir, filed a motion to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial. Johnson will be evaluated at the state hospital in Whitefield. Johnson's case was continued to the April term.

 

 

Police push for internal promotions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An ongoing debate within the Columbus Police Department continued Tuesday during the meeting of the mayor and City Council. Police Chief Selvain McQueen appeared before the board seeking approval for updated policies regarding lateral hiring and departmental promotions.

 

 

Details remain sparse in MSU student's death

STARKVILLE -- Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt expects to have autopsy results for Mississippi State University student Teresa Ann Veal by Wednesday afternoon. Veal, of 100 Camden Court, Madison, was found unresponsive at Dawgs Landing Apartments on Louisville Street shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

 

Officer on leave as MBI looks into Saturday-night shooting

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There were few signs Monday afternoon of the Saturday-night shooting at the Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus. A foot-long segment of police tape dangled from a post on the Lehmberg side of the station, but otherwise, it was business as usual. For the Columbus Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office though, Monday was a time to reflect on the incident, which resulted in a suspect being taken to the hospital, a metro narcotics agent being injured and a city police officer under investigation after firing his weapon.

 

Lowndes' Co-op Road reopens to residents

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of wrangling between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and residents of Co-op Road, the board reached a unanimous decision Monday morning: The county will abandon the road and remove all barricades, reopening it to residents.

 

 

Budget Crunch: Columbus school district hosts press conference to discuss finances

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss budget planning priorities for the 2012-2013 school year. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Brandon Central Services Center at 2630 McArthur Drive.

 

 

Sturgis to consider new rally agreement

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally board Monday submitted a proposal to the town of Sturgis that could determine the fate of the summertime rally.

 

 

Columbus concerned about development

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council met this morning in a special meeting to discuss economic development, retail development and regional economic development. The council called the special meeting at City Hall to question Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, about the issues.

 

 

Soccer park on track for September opening

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction on a water well for the downtown soccer complex will be under way soon. The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority approved the water project at its meeting Monday night. The board awarded the project to the Donald Smith Co. of Headland, Ala. for $203,000.

 

 

Board to decide between McInnis, Holloway

STARKVILLE -- The interviews are done. Now, the five-member Starkville School District board of trustees must decide who'll take the district from good to great. Dr. Lewis Holloway and Dr. Michael McInnis met Starkville educators, parents and community members Monday night, starting the first public portion of the superintendent search since it began.

 

 

Supervisors shoot down Trainer's bond ambitions

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors voted Monday against a measure that would have gauged public interest in a bond package to repair county roads.

 

 

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