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Some improvement in low Miss. science scores

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

A national sampling of eighth-graders' performance in science showed Mississippi with a small improvement from 2009 to 2011 but still below the national average.



NAACP asks feds to block Mississippi voter ID law

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block what will likely become the state's new voter ID law, contending it will violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by diminishing the voting strength of minorities.


Miss. police chief says kidnap-slaying suspect has been killed; 2 girls are OK

Posted 5/10/2012 in State

Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

Starkville to celebrate 175th year on Friday

Posted 5/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trouble with a 175th birthday party is no one is around to remember the birth.


Oktibbeha wreck kills one teen, injures six

Posted 5/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Speeding and alcohol likely played a role in a one-vehicle accident in which one person was killed and six others injured, three seriously, early Wednesday morning.



CMSD superintendent search down to four

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year of transition, the city school board met last week to review superintendent resumes, swiftly choosing from 20 applicants to four preferred candidates. Interviews will begin in less than two weeks.


His playground was the clouds

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tom Hardy, a scion of a Prairie family who was also an aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, sailor, farmer, real estate broker, glider pilot and devotee of Kipling, died Wednesday. He was 93.

Business brief: Landrum installed

Posted 5/10/2012 in Business

Nancy Landrum was installed as the 2012-13 president of the Mississippi State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.


Business brief: Clark receives Honorable Mention

Posted 5/10/2012 in Business

Mandy Clark, Master Teacher at Franklin Academy Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School, was a winner in the 5th annual "Win with Classworks" national contest.



Business brief: Lowry selected

Posted 5/10/2012 in Business

Floyd Lowry of Lowndes County was the selected farmer in the America's Farmers Grow Communities.



Building Permits 5-10-12

Posted 5/10/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 5-10-12

Posted 5/10/2012 in Business



Lowndes County schools to consider uniforms

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pre-kindergarten classes will once again top the agenda Friday at the Lowndes County School District's monthly meeting.



United Way seeks fan donations

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Temperatures have been relatively cool this week, but several hot days, along with the advent of summer, prompted local agencies to distribute electric fans to low income families this week. The annual fan drive began in 2006 and is a coordinated outreach effort by the United Way of Lowndes County and Helping Hands.



Starkville teen killed in one-vehicle accident

Six people were injured in accident


Organizers: Market Street numbers up over last year

Posted 5/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Final figures are still being calculated, but organizers for the 17th Annual Market Street Festival -- Columbus' largest outdoor event -- are projecting more than 36,000 people attended the weekend event. Main Street Columbus Executive Director Amber Brislin said sales indicated the event drew a larger crowd than in 2011.

FBI, police hunt kidnap-slaying suspect, 2 girls

Posted 5/9/2012 in National

Heavily armed FBI agents and authorities from Mississippi and Tennessee were searching woods and back roads for what they said was a dangerous man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls.

Columbus Air Force Base noise levels and risk down

Posted 5/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a little quieter around Columbus Air Force Base, and if nearby residents had complaints about noise levels or safety, they didn't voice them Tuesday, during a presentation by Col. Barre Seguin, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.


Redistricting talks continue Thursday

Posted 5/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex, the Columbus City Council Thursday will continue redistricting discussions, with Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson.



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