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Council hires Rawle as new CFO

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of searching, the City of Columbus now has a new chief financial officer. The city council voted unanimously to hire Milton Rawle Jr. of Vicksburg. Rawle was one of two finalists for the position.


Dispute over eligibility leaves mayoral candidate fuming

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's municipal election is still three months away, but the temperature is already rising, with one of the two mayoral candidates alleging harassment and invasion of privacy since she announced her intent to seek the town's top spot.

Amended merger bill would create consolidation study group

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed the House Education Committee passed a Clay County school merger bill Tuesday with the same language it contained when introduced. The same cannot be said for what the Senate Education Committee did to the Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Committee breathes new life into former CottonMill project

The much-delayed development formerly known as CottonMill will soon be given new life now that a committee has been established to oversee the approval of new designs and a new construction manager.

Parents outraged by loss of gifted program

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although officials say it has been a move three years in the making, parents and students responded with shock and anger over the Lowndes County School District's decision to drop its gifted program, commonly known as MERIT, for the county's seventh- and eighth-graders.

Supes consider consolidated vo-tech center

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright continued his campaign for a consolidated vocational career center Monday in an appearance before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Sumrall pleads guilty on child porn charge

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with possession of child pornography and exploitation of a child appeared in federal court in Aberdeen Monday, pleading guilty to count one of the indictment.

Columbus High seniors display artwork at Rosenzweig

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, none of the students in Sarah Oswalt's Visual Arts class could have imagined having a gallery opening for their work. Most of them were sure they had no artistic talent at all. But the class is a required part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum, meaning the 11 students had to at least give art a chance, even if they never fully embraced it.


New committee could vet Mill parking deck proposals

The process of seeking professional services for the former CottonMill development project has started, and Starkville aldermen will again deliberate over housekeeping measures associated with the venture at their 5:30 p.m. City Hall meeting tonight.



Supes can't agree on employee payroll request

County supervisors stalemated on two votes Monday surrounding a payroll change request for a tax office employee which emerged during closed session.



Calif. woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

Posted 3/5/2013 in National

A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.



Dem: Miss. gov a 'fool' to not expand Medicaid

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

A Democratic lawmaker said Monday that Mississippi's Republican governor is a "fool" and a "hypocrite" for opposing Medicaid expansion.



Pentagon to furlough teachers, cut commissary time

Posted 3/5/2013 in National

The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little said Monday the department will manage the process so the schools don't lose their accreditation.



New Miss. law blocks info on concealed permits

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

A new Mississippi law says the public no longer has access to records of state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons.



Family: Slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate beaten, burned

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, a family member said Monday.


Zacharias remembered as 'transformative' presence

Former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias, 77, died Sunday of complications from multiple sclerosis after an extended illness.

Drainage is a key issue in Ward 2 race

Posted 3/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Drainage issues in East Columbus are among the top concerns facing candidates in the race for councilman in Ward 2.


Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

Posted 3/4/2013 in State

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.


CPD, sheriff's department raising funds for ill officer

Posted 3/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies are banding together to support one of their own. The Columbus Police Department is teaming up with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, The Columbus Fire Department and Emergency 911 to help raise money for a CPD investigator who is battling cancer.


Analysis: Miss. keeps some control of local issues

Posted 3/4/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers get hopping mad when Washington tries to tell the state what it can or can't do. But, they've been plenty willing this session to make the state government exert similar control over local government.



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