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Holloway: SSD's strength is its people

Posted 2/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lewis Holloway is impressed with the extra curricular programs and the talented students in the Starkville School District.



Skeletal remains may solve Oktibbeha missing person case

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The skeletal remains found Tuesday in the Adaton community could help bring an 11-year-old missing person case to rest.



Saturday Profile: Bedsaul leading Foundation's charge

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Doug Bedsaul has been sharing his spare time volunteering in Starkville public schools for the last seven years.



Special election set for Noxubee superintendent

Posted 2/17/2012 in Area

JACKSON -- Noxubee County voters will choose a superintendent of schools in an April 3 special election.



New financing plan OK'd for MSU

Posted 2/17/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Higher education officials will allow Mississippi State University to enter the "commercial paper" market to obtain $50 million for future construction projects.


Holloway: We need to change perceptions

Posted 2/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those who work for the Starkville School District don't need to be reminded of student achievement and quality of instruction.

Parents, students sick of bomb threats

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two false alarms this year, Columbus High students and family members are tired of bomb threats. Dozens of people were outside of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus Thursday morning, waiting -- parents waiting for children to arrive on buses, students waiting for a ride home.

Interim Columbus superintendent defends teacher cuts

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A little more than a week ago, city school officials announced plans to stanch the Columbus Municipal School District's financial hemorrhage by eliminating 59 teachers and support staff. At Monday night's school board meeting, as sign-waving protesters watched, the board tabled a motion to add 10 more names to the list.

Lowndes has more clout in Legislature

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle sits in a strategic political position these days, with locals filling the upper ranks of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Columbus man arrested in 14-year-old murder case

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen was just a lieutenant in the department's Criminal Investigations Division in 1997 when 70-year-old George Wilbanks was found stabbed and strangled in his north Columbus home. This morning, the new chief finally arrested his killer. McQueen formally arrested Earnest Terell Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, and charged him with Wilbanks' murder in front of a gaggle of local media gathered in the courtroom at the Columbus Municipal Complex.


UPDATE: Police arrest Earnest Talley in 14-year-old Columbus murder case

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Earnest Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, was arrested in connection with a 14-year-old murder case.



Columbus High students evacuated after bomb threat

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As of 11:50 a.m., parents and family members continued to pick up Columbus High School students from Fairview Baptist Church after a bomb threat was called in at about 9:30 this morning.


Money, money, money: Counties, municipalities to spend millions upgrading road signs

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 600 miles of roads meander through the county, and Lowndes County Road Manager Ronnie Burns knows them all. He hasn't figured out exactly how many road signs will have to be replaced under a new federal mandate, but he knows this much -- it's going to be a costly, time-consuming project.


Columbus woman dies from fire injuries

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 93-year-old Columbus woman who suffered injuries in a house fire in November has died.



Decayed body found in Oktibbeha

Posted 2/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Partial skeletal remains of an adult were found in a heavily wooded area in the Adaton community west of Starkville city limits Tuesday.



Rhea faces up to 10 years for aiding prisoner escape

Posted 2/16/2012 in Area

A Starkville woman accused of aiding a prisoner escape state custody is free on $5,000 bond.



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