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Starkville police warning residents about utility scam

Posted 10/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department issued a general warning this week asking residents to be aware of scam artists calling homes and businesses while posing as utility companies.

 

More victims of online abuse reach out to parents

Posted 10/24/2013 in National

Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: "I hate Sarah Ball, and I don't care who knows."

 

MUW Welty Symposium kicks off tonight

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Author Ellen Gilchrist will do a series of readings tonight at Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. In addition to reading from her own novels, Gilchrist, a former student of Eudora Welty's, will read Welty's works as well.

 

 

Officials warn farmers of lawsuit scam

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Attorney General's office and the Better Business Bureau are warning people of a potential scam involving the Black Farmers & Agriculturalist Association.

 

CMSD names McGill as interim schools superintendent

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District named Edna McGill interim superintendent, effective Friday, but not without some heated debate that introduced the subject of race. McGill had acted as the district's temporary interim superintendent since June, when former superintendent Martha Liddell was removed from the post after it was revealed that she used district funds to pay for a private party and had continued to do consulting work in violation of her contract.

Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting at undercover narcotics officer

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after he allegedly shot at law enforcement agents two weeks ago. Desmond Lavonte Young, 23, of 247 William Roberts Road, Apt. 593, was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer for his alleged role in an incident that occurred during an undercover operation on Oct. 8.

Area arrests 10-23-13

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's and Columbus Police Department.

Bryant orders Blue Cross to take back 10 hospitals

Posted 10/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate all 10 hospitals that it kicked out of its network.

 

Sources say Starkville special meeting will address investigation

Posted 10/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A special-call Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday is linked to an internal city investigation, sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday.

 

Dispute emerges over local merger funding avenues

Posted 10/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A rift that has simmered through at least two meetings over consolidation finances emerged Tuesday when committee members Lewis Holloway and Orlando Trainer verbally sparred over how to fund county renovations and the future of joint Starkville-Oktibbeha school tax rates.

 

Caledonia to interview 7 for top water job

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman is planning on retiring early next year and the Board Of Aldermen is taking steps to find his replacement.

 

CVB board clashes on retroactive director pay raise

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau makes $80,000 a year, but one member of the CVB's board of directors is questioning the legality of that salary.

 

Columbus High resolves textbook shortage

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first 11 weeks of the current school year, students at Columbus High School did not have a textbook they could take home. As of Monday, that problem has been remedied, however.

 

 

Starkville breaks monthly sales tax record; Columbus numbers down

Posted 10/23/2013 in Area

Data from the three Golden Triangle cities shows Starkville recorded its highest ever sales tax collection month while Columbus's collections were down slightly and West Point experienced a modest gain.

 

Student's hearing continued until February

Posted 10/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed the aggravated DUI case against Sawyer Tomas Steede, 18, of Lucedale, was continued until Feb. 5.

 

Wallace hints at more economic development traction in Oktibbeha

Posted 10/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Many officials predicted C Spire's $22 million investment would spur other local initiatives, but Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority President Jack Wallace told supervisors Monday that economic developers are in the process of trying to land the area's next big investment. Wallace delivered his remarks while presenting his agency's $766,430 budget to the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors. OCEDA's budget was previously approved by the Starkville Board of Aldermen last week.

 

 

City, county will meet to discuss strategic planning

Posted 10/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer confirmed plans are in the works to bring together the county governing board and the Starkville Board of Aldermen together for at least one strategic planning session.

 

Slain teacher called hero in fatal school shooting

Posted 10/22/2013 in National

SPARKS, Nev. -- Students at a Nevada middle school were filing off buses and reuniting with friends on the playground after a weeklong vacation when the pop of gunfire shattered the morning calm. Children fled the campus for their lives before the first bell rang.

 

Weathers awarded Calstar contract

Posted 10/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors accepted a bid from Weathers Construction on Monday to renovate the spec building that will house a CalStar plant.

 

Consultant challenges CVB: develop better focus

Posted 10/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors revisited a proposed strategic destination plan Monday during its monthly meeting and will likely vote on adopting it next month.

 

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