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Commission to consider recruiting by current rank

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Civil Service Commission meeting next week could change the rank system when the Columbus Police Department hires experienced officers.

 

 

Wright: Increased communication will help combat burglaries

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recent law enforcement meeting has local agencies on their toes and ready to combat crime by working together. Lowndes County, Columbus and other nearby law enforcement agencies met Thursday afternoon regarding the recent outbreak of burglaries.

 

 

Lowndes man accused of having sex with teen

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 25-year-old New Hope man was arrested after authorities received information accusing him of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Nathan Page, of 519 Oswalt Road in the New Hope area, was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with statutory rape. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said the investigation started almost one month before the arrest.

 

 

Local musicians beat down hunger with drums

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As an orchestral drummer and recording artist, Marv Dahlgren knows the power of music. Whether it was songs denouncing the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War during the 1960s and '70s, or megastar collaborations to fight world hunger and poverty -- particularly in Africa -- in the '80s, Dahlgren, 87, has seen it all.

 

 

It's only natural: Students learn science hands-on through partnership, outdoor classes

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- These days, elementary school students are learning more about environmental science than going to the local dairy farm. Through the Youth Environmental Science Learning Center at Henderson Ward Stewart School, fourth- and fifth-grade students have a weeklong block each school year to supplement what they get from their textbooks.

 

 

Pizza deliverer robbed at gunpoint

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Domino's delivery man told police he had a gun put to his head Wednesday night. According to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen, a Domino's chain in Columbus received a delivery order to 2212 26th St. N. The deliverer went to the location a little after 11 p.m. when two males approached the delivery man.

 

Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Malone: It's all worth it

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few could have predicted that the girl sitting in a New Hope High School chemistry class two decades ago would grow up to teach chemistry at her alma mater. She didn't even like chemistry. But she was planning to go to medical school, so she struggled through it.

 

Barbour 'very comfortable' with pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

RIDGELAND -- Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his final-days decisions to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers -- decisions that outraged victims' families and dismayed even some of his most devoted supporters. Coming Sunday: Lowndes County woman speaks out about Barbour's pardon of man convicted of killing her grandson

 

 

Tempers flare at Lowndes County school board meeting

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County school board started the year on an eventful note during Friday morning's monthly meeting.

 

 

UPDATE: New Hope High bomb threat cleared

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Law enforcement personnel responded to New Hope High School to evacuate students and faculty from the school after a student found a box with a note attached to it.

 

 

South Pike schools chief leaving in June

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

MAGNOLIA -- South Pike School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Gunnell says he will leave when his contract expires in June. Gunnell tells the Enterprise-Journal that he wants to explore other opportunities.

 

 

Campaign staffer hired as House Speaker assistant

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi House of Representatives will pay $110,000 a year to Nathan Wells, a former campaign worker and state Republican Party employee, to act as an assistant to new House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton.

 

 

State schools get C- from Education Week report

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance.

 

 

Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

 

Judge declares Holloway dead as parents look on

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge declared their teenage daughter long missing in Aruba to be dead.

 

Second suspect sought in rash of Lowndes County burglaries

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities are making headway in the investigation of recent burglaries.

 

Lawyer: Sisters will push new governor for pardon

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON-- Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison last year on condition that one donate a kidney to the other were saddened and disappointed they weren't among dozens receiving full pardons from the governor, one of the women said Thursday.

 

 

Schools scramble to avoid takeover

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.

 

 

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