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Barbour farewell focuses on spending, collegiality

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- As he bade farewell to lawmakers Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged them to be mindful of taxpayers as they set state budgets and be patient with each other and with new state leaders because "you can't do diddly by yourself."

 

 

Oktibbeha County supervisors keep same team

If it isn't broke, don't fix it. The first Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2012 saw no changes in board officer appointments, from Board President Marvell Howard retaining his seat to Nora Goliday reprising her role as justice court clerk.

 

 

Edmonds' lawsuit to be heard by 5th Circuit

JACKSON -- A federal three-judge appeals panel has scheduled a hearing in New Orleans on Friday on efforts by Tyler Edmonds to revive his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.

 

Baby New Year arrives at Baptist Memorial

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ashley Williams, 25, was standing in church Sunday morning when she felt a sharp pain. Her baby wasn't due until Jan. 16, so she ignored the feeling until it became more insistent. Finally, she could ignore it no longer.

 

Sanders re-elected as supervisors president; road managers get raises

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanders made a motion to reappoint Ronnie Burns as county road manager with a raise of $3,460. Burns' salary was $68,540; it is now $72,000. Brooks said Burns has done a great job but he didn't think it appropriate to give raises other than during new budget adoption.

 

 

Columbus stunted by blighted areas, poor infrastructure

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry became the permanent Columbus city planner only months ago, but she is pushing the city to fix issues she has identified. Berry plans to hold a mayor-council workshop later this month to discuss ways to improve the city's planning issues, she announced to the council at Tuesday's meeting.

 

 

Starkville residents call form-based codes confusing

With each public hearing, Starkville's rezoning plans for downtown and corridors to Mississippi State University gain more public interest. Developers such as Jeremy Tabor have lauded the city's efforts.

 

 

Aldermen OK funding for Greta Road paving

Greta Lane will soon get a facelift. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday 5-2 to pave the gravel road using a Community Development Block Grant of $98,163.88. The funding will have no tax implications on residents.

 

New Lowndes officials take oaths, start terms

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The upper level of the Trotter Convention Center had enough Bibles in it Tuesday for a camp meeting. The were needed for all the oath taking that was going on.

 

Lowndes plagued by burglaries

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the past month. And the outbreak has residents thinking of ways to protect themselves.

 

 

Lohman reports to federal prison in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed people on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

 

BP says it is entitled to payment from Halliburton

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster.

 

Police chief: Murder victim 'fired at for no reason;' suspect mistook firecrackers for gunfire (updated 4:57 p.m.)

Posted 1/3/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Details of the murder of Starkville High School student Devin Mitchell have emerged. Mitchell, who was murdered early New Year's Day, was visiting relatives at Ridgewood Apartments on East Main Street when he was shot by Tavaris F. Collins, according to police.

 

Cold weather prompts shelter openings in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A hard freeze warning has been issued for parts south Mississippi and shelters have been opened to keep residents warm and safe.

 

Police chief: Murder victim 'fired at for no reason;' suspect mistook firecrackers for gunfire (updated 4:57 p.m.)

WEST POINT -- Details of the murder of Starkville High School student Devin Mitchell have emerged. Mitchell, who was murdered early New Year's Day, was visiting relatives at Ridgewood Apartments on East Main Street when he was shot by Tavaris F. Collins, according to police.

 

Brown chosen as No. 2 in Senate

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers convened their 2012 session Tuesday with a history-making Republican majority, as the House elected Philip Gunn of Clinton as its new presiding officer.

 

 

11-year-old girl dies in go-kart accident

A second Starkville School District student died on New Year's Day in a go-kart accident in Athens, Ala. Laura Carson, 11, crashed into the back of an unoccupied parked vehicle at 1:15 p.m. on Mahalo Circle, south of U.S. 72, about 100 feet from the Athens city limits, according to The Decatur (Ala.) Daily News. Troopers said she was not wearing a helmet.

 

 

Partnership aiming for 2012 tech expansion

After a successful year of retail growth and high-tech job expansion, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jon Maynard has high hopes for 2012. The Partnership added 30 new members in 2011 and expects to grow its membership base, currently 400 local businesses and industries, with more restaurants and shops.

 

Lowndes sheriff reflects on service

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newly retired Lowndes County sheriff is looking forward to catching fish. But he leaves office bothered by the ones he didn't catch -- three cases for which he and the families have no closure.

 

Starkville girl dies in go-kart accident in Alabama

Tragedy struck New Year's Day in East Limestone when a 10-year-old girl from Starkville, Miss., died while driving a go-kart.

 

 

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