Before Amber Chamblee started her freshman year at Starkville Academy, she feared the school wouldn't offer the elective she most looked forward to taking. Chamblee, along with freshmen Jamie Anthony and Janiece Pigg, had been learning the ins and outs of photography since they were seventh-graders.
The addition of West Point and Clay County to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link came with an enthusiastic reception. The Link board unanimously approved expanding its reach at Friday's regular quarterly meeting.
The invitation is out for Oktibbeha County to join the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. Link Executive Director Joe Max Higgins said Monday he would be happy to talk with officials in Starkville about a partnership.
The county's economic development agency survived another attempt Monday to cut its budget. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board discussed the possibility of reducing funding for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link in favor of adequately funding community festivals.
JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Brother, can you spare a whole bunch of dimes? Organizers of festival grants appealed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors Monday for festival grant money to help their events.
OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.
COLUMBIA -- In Marion County, they're giving students cash for going to school. A local business group has decided to donate $200 to each of the county's four high schools so officials can pay the sum to a student with perfect attendance.
JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.
HATTIESBURG -- A 37-year-old Hattiesburg woman is in the Forrest County Jail charged with driving-under-the-influence/causing death or mutilation.
MERIDIAN -- Julius Wesley Kiker, of Lucedale, has been convicted for a second time in the shooting death of his wife, Renee Kiker, at their Lucedale home on March 6, 2002.
JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million.
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