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Sturgis rally board could disband if deal isn't reached for 2012

STURGIS -- The fate of the 2012 motorcycle rally should be obvious soon. Whatever the name, Oktibbeha County's annual summertime motorcycle rally is plagued by the same obstacle that led to the cancellation of the 2011 rally : lack of money.

 

 

Building Permits 1-5-12

Posted 1/5/2012 in Business

Building permits Dec. 21 - Jan. 4

 

 

Obama vows US will stay world's top military power

Posted 1/5/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the United States will remain the world's pre-eminent military power even as the Pentagon scales back spending, shrinks the Army and Marine Corps and pulls back from Europe.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 1-5-12

Posted 1/5/2012 in Business

Marriages and divorces Dec. 29 - Jan. 4

 

 

Euthanasia to control shelter population unpopular

Posted 1/5/2012 in National

LOS ANGELES -- Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.

 

 

Aldermen approve hearing for condo ordinance

To expedite condominium development in Starkville, Mayor Parker Wiseman proposed having a public hearing for a condominium ordinance during Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting. The hearing request was placed on the consent agenda and approved.

 

 

Lowndes County Arrest Reports 1-5-12

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

 

 

University of Mississippi Medical Center to lay off 115 employees

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will lay off 115 employees and leave 90 unfilled positions vacant.JACKSON -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will lay off 115 employees and leave 90 unfilled positions vacant.

 

 

Police investigate damages at Columbus Marble Works

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a possible arson and vandalism that occurred at Columbus Marble Works. Investigators believe the incident happened some time this week, but it is unknown exactly what day or time. Police were called to the business Tuesday morning.

 

 

Bryant names Barksdale as interim development head

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov.-elect Phil Bryant says he plans to name former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale as the next interim leader of Mississippi's economic development agency.

 

 

Caledonia aldermen put skids on sewer rate increase; wait for state

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of Caledonia can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now. A new sewer rate structure is in the works, but the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to wait until $637,000 in state revolving funds are made available or until June 1, whichever comes first.

 

 

BP oil spill payments to resume after fee wrinkle

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Payments to those damaged by BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resumed Wednesday, a day after administrators of the $20 billion fund stopped the flow of money, saying they were unclear on how to assess a 6 percent fee for lawyers handling claims.

 

 

Woman who hit cyclist appeals $50 fine

Posted 1/5/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- The Clay County woman found guilty of negligence and fined $50 for running over Starkville cyclist Jan Morgan has filed an appeal.

 

 

Downtown Starkville Christmas lights now permanent

STARKVILLE -- Christmas lasts year-round in downtown Starkville. The LED, or light-emitting diode, lights that have lined the top of Main Street buildings since early December are now permanent fixtures, said Jennifer Gregory, vice president of tourism for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

 

Rescued Macon dogs ready for adoption

Posted 1/5/2012 in Area

It's been a difficult month for the neglected herd of dogs and the volunteers who rescued them from a residence on Firetower Road in Macon and took them to a makeshift shelter for medical treatment and eventual adoption.

 

Retired police officer loses home to fire

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fire broke out in Lowndes County on Tuesday night and destroyed the home of a former Columbus police officer.

 

 

Slain Starkville High student's funeral Sunday

STARKVILLE -- Funeral and memorial arrangements have been set for Devin Mitchell, who was a junior at Starkville High before his death on New Year's Day.

 

Teacher of the Year Rashean Hyde: It's all about the children

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They say good teachers are born, not made. But some teachers -- sometimes the very best -- take a circuitous route, trying everything and anything before settling on the one thing their hearts were called to do.

 

'Potter' exhibit open at community college in Jackson County

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- An exhibit that blends science and medicine with the "Harry Potter" books begins a six-week stay at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County Campus library on Jan. 17.

 

 

Mississippi judge tosses $322M asbestos lawsuit verdict

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.

 

 

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