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State Sen. Terry Brown: CAFB vulnerable

Posted 6/6/2012 in State

Two decades ago, Columbus Air Force Base was threatened with Base Realignment and Closure, a process by which the United States Department of Defense strategically divests itself of military bases and reassigns personnel as a cost-saving measure.

Forensic expert Hayne settles defamation suit

Posted 6/6/2012 in State

Dr. Steven Hayne, once the state's most active forensic expert, has a reputation of being both something of a Svengali and an expert criminal witness. Hayne recently agreed to a $100,000 out of court settlement from the New York-based judicial advocacy group, The Innocence Project. Hayne filed a defamation of character suit against the group in April 2009 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

 

Columbus City Council debates use of paving funds

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several public parking lots this summer will be getting a facelift. With $1.4 million in leftover general obligation bond money, the Columbus City Council Tuesday voted to complete paving projects in individual wards.

 

 

Caledonia citizens protest new water bills

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are likely to feel the sting of the rate hike affecting water and sewer now that the weather has heated up. Resident Charles Underhill expressed his displeasure with the rate hike during Tuesday's regular Board of Aldermen meeting.

 

 

Starkville Aldermen approve plans for municipal complex

A new Starkville municipal complex is one step closer to becoming reality.

 

 

Apartment complex shooting suspect turns himself in

The suspect in a Monday shooting at a Starkville apartment complex Tuesday turned himself into authorities and now is being held at the Oktibbeha County Jail.

 

 

Shooting suspect still at large

The Starkville Police Department is investigating a Monday night shooting that led to one injury. About 8 p.m., SPD officers responded to a shooting at Camelot apartment complex, located at 1040 N. Montgomery St.

 

 

City Council sticks by its redistricting plan

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is one step closer to submitting its redistricting plan to the Department of Justice after hosting as public hearing Monday night.

 

Brooks, Sanders feud dominates supes meeting

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of adhering to a proverbial peace treaty, tensions again mounted and tempers flared Monday between Board President and District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders and District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks.

Fighting a car fire

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 1 Fire Department volunteers extinguished a car fire Friday night in Caledonia.

 

KiOR to research bamboo as biofuel

Posted 6/5/2012 in Area

Alcorn State University, in Lorman, is partnering with Pasadena, Texas-based KiOR, researching bamboo as a biofuel. Mississippi Development Authority legislation that brought KiOR to Columbus also included funding for Alcorn and Mississippi State University.

 

Oktibbeha County supes discuss 16th Section property

During a public hearing Monday, District 3 Supervisor Marvel Howard noted many options should be considered for the Oktibbeha County Lake lease. "If the school board gets a proposal then great, but we have to look at our other options just in case," he said.

Sisters want brother who killed their kids spared

Posted 6/5/2012 in State

Two women are asking Mississippi's governor to spare their brother from execution, even though he killed four of their children, paralyzed another and stabbed one of the sisters.

Wicker faces low-budget challengers in Senate race

Posted 6/4/2012 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker shows the confidence of a man who will barely need to break a sweat in his run for re-election in Mississippi this year.

EMCC Workforce students double-down for free

Posted 6/4/2012 in Area

A pair of Golden Triangle students recently took advantage of grants and local funding to complete two programs, each, through East Mississippi Community College's Workforce Services Division, without paying a penny. The duo said it was tough, but it was worth it.

Monday profile: Camp Rising Sun close to heart for Jess Stanford

Posted 6/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jess Stanford is a bit of a hybrid. There is a playfulness in her sly smile and her eyes flash mischief. And yet, the set of her jaw speaks to her confidence and there is a firmness in her speech that tells you she has big plans.

"My yard is a sewer": Drainage woes plague neighborhood

Rachel Campbell has lived at the west end of Carver Drive in Starkville, since 1981. For the majority of those years, she feels her front yard has been nothing, but a source of disgust. "Around 1986, the city took that sewage drain from the middle of the street and moved it right to the edge of my yard," she recalled. "From stool to those sanitary pads, tampons and any waste you can think of, when it gets backed up, my yard is a sewer."

Southern Baptist leader reprimanded, show canceled

Posted 6/2/2012 in National

The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics chief was reprimanded Friday and his radio show canceled after he made inflammatory comments about the Trayvon Martin case.

 

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