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Former city employee facing more charges

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former city employee has been arrested for a third time for charges relating to identity theft. Katrina Porter was arrested Monday by Lowndes County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Columbus man charged with aggravated assault

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 50-year-old Columbus man is facing aggravated assault charges after an incident on Strawberry Street last weekend.


State unemployment rate at its lowest mark in six years

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is good news in the latest state unemployment figures, which report Clay County had the highest jobless rate in the state last month.


Miss. sheriffs stand to see pay increase in July

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A state bill that would give pay raises to county sheriffs statewide is waiting for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's signature.

Oktibbeha County fires spark arson fears

Posted 3/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local and state investigators are looking into suspicious county fires after two recent blazes damaged abandoned structures, Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said.


Senate signs off changes to school merger bill

Posted 3/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State senators passed an amended version of HB 833, one piece of Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation legislation working its way through the Legislature, Tuesday that explicitly outlines Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley's influence in 2015's state-mandated merger.


Higgins updates LINK projects, prospects

Posted 3/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Right now, there are five industrial or business prospects considering locations in Lowndes County, two in Oktibbeha County and two more in Clay County.

Columbus Fire and Rescue earns national accreditation

Posted 3/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue is now officially one of fewer than 200 fire departments nationwide and the first in Mississippi to receive Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, the department announced Tuesday.


S&P boosts city's bond rating

Posted 3/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Standard & Poor's Rating Services raised its long-term rating on Mississippi Development Bank's series 2010A and 2010B special obligation bonds, issued for Columbus, MS to 'A+' from 'A' based on its specific criteria.


Starkville man dies in Hwy. 45 crash

Posted 3/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A one-vehicle wreck on Highway 45 North in Columbus has claimed the life of a Starkville man. Authorities pronounced Undra Williams dead after transporting him to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle shortly after 10 a.m Tuesday.


Second Starkville area qualifies for 'fiberhood'

Posted 3/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's Timbercove/College Station/Polos "fiberhood" became the city's second area to qualify for C Spire's high-speed, fiber Internet service, the company announced Monday.


Crawfish supply, prices affected by cold weather

Posted 3/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In three decades of selling crawfish, Curt Crissey has never seen prices this high.


Guilty verdict for former MSU professor

Posted 3/11/2014 in State

A Monroe County jury Monday convicted a man, a second time, of murder in the death of his wife.



New firing range expected in Oct.

Posted 3/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Design of a new firing range for local law and Columbus Air Force Base personnel is under way and the project itself should be complete in October.


Presley calls for natural gas expansion in rural areas

Posted 3/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Energy Information Administration reports that natural gas burns 30 percent more cleanly than petroleum and 45 percent more than coal, but the cleaner energy isn't an option for many rural Mississippi residents.


Tea party challengers struggle to continue momentum of 2010

Posted 3/10/2014 in National

Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.


W's nursing program picks up pair of honors

Posted 3/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In ceremonies this week in Jackson, the nursing program at Mississippi University for Women received two significant honors.


Thieves take equipment from Yokohama

Posted 3/10/2014 in Area

Clay County deputies have not yet made any arrests after $500 in equipment was stolen from the Yokohama Tire Company construction site Friday.


Proposed Army budget calls for more Lakotas

Posted 3/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The U.S. Army introduced its proposed 2015 budget request last week and it includes a $245.4 million increase in funding for UH-72 Lakota helicopters that are made in Columbus.

County schools want parent feedback

Posted 3/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you are a parent with a child in the Lowndes County School District, schools officials want your opinion.


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