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Bridge renovation should be finished by May

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The much-delayed and highly anticipated restoration of the old Tombigbee River Bridge is on track to be completed by May. Kevin Stafford with Neel Schaffer Engineering, said the project is 30-percent complete, with both the underwater portion of the project completed and the center pier now successfully on solid footing.

County forms committee to target 10 worst roads

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ad hoc committee formed by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has been charged with finding the 10 worst roads in the county. The committee will present its findings to the supervisors in an effort to have some or all of the roads repaired.

Castleberry wants new TIF deal for CottonMill

Posted 2/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Golden Triangle developer Mark Castleberry confirmed he will approach the Starkville Board of Aldermen tonight and request a new infrastructure financing package associated with the former CottonMill Marketplace project.

Perkins to present new Carver Drive ditch solution

Posted 2/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins will ask Starkville representatives to consider a more comprehensive Carver Drive drainage solution during tonight's 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

Supes pledge support for school consolidation

Posted 2/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors agreed to draft a resolution supporting potential consolidation measures once they are agreed upon by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant.


City proposing lean 3-year capital improvements plan

Posted 2/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A three-year capital improvements report prepared by City Engineer Edward Kemp shows small funding gaps exist between projected budgets and estimated costs for various infrastructure projects. That plan, Starkville officials say, reflects a more conservative approach to budgeting.



Miss. Dems push GOP for Medicaid expansion vote

Posted 2/19/2013 in State

Mississippi House Democrats said Monday they're trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that's blocked in a committee.


Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he's had some promising interviews, he has no assurances the search will end soon.


Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.



Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said today.



Texas police fatally shoot fugitive Fla. prisoner

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot early Saturday after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them, police said.


Study: Better television might improve kids' behavior

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.


Man charged with slapping toddler now out of a job

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.



Obama offering immigration plan as backup for Senators

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.


Local business publishing land reference tool

Posted 2/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A comprehensive land information book of Oktibbeha County land parcels will soon be available for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Supes to continue school consolidation talks today

Posted 2/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

School consolidation discussions will continue today at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors' recess meeting at the county courthouse. A new round of talks, placed on the agenda by District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer, is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. but could be pushed up or back due to the nature of how quickly the board attends to other business. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.


Qualifying deadline for municipal elections nears

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the 2013 Columbus Municipal Elections is rapidly approaching. Prospective candidates have two weeks to submit a letter of intent to qualify. The deadline is 5 p.m. on March 8.


Coleman gives wife-beater a slap on the wrist

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Aug. 15, 2011, John Alan Redden got into an argument with his wife that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Redden beat his wife, Ginger Redden, with a belt, jabbed her with a golf club, then kicked her as she collapsed on the floor. Then he climbed on top of her and began choking her with his bare hands. When Ginger Redden broke free from his choke hold, he told her he would kill her if she left him.

City Council to make appointment to CMSD Board

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will make its yearly appointment to the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees Tuesday. The five-year appointment will be for the seat currently held by board president Tommy Prude, whose term expires March 2.

Group's efforts to revive stadium evoke cherished memories

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's easy to overlook the squatting behemoth that serves as a gateway to downtown. Faded and worn, the stadium sits silent, encircled by concrete but endowed with a proud legacy -- somewhere in there. Once the home of victories and triumphs, there is little glory to be found in the Magnolia Bowl of today. No one clamors at the gates, and the storied walls whisper only of the ravages of time. But that could change if a local organization, Link'd Young Professionals, succeeds in an ambitious, five-phase restoration plan.


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