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De la Cruz family, First United continue annual holiday dinner

Posted 11/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A city couple who recall their lonely holidays as international students now open their home to make sure international students have a holiday home.

 

Starkville building plans may rise again

Posted 11/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is looking for a solution that doesn't involve raising taxes after the failed municipal facilities bond referendum in September.

 

 

Police chief search: Pros and cons of final candidates

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council should explore police chief candidates' management experience and ability to relate to the community when personal interviews are conducted next month. That's the advice offered by a subcommittee charged with reviewing the candidates.

 

 

Long-term projects on the agenda for aldermen tonight

Posted 11/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Board of Aldermen tonight will hold its first work session to discuss its capital improvement program. The board will meet with financial consultant Demery Grubbs, of the Jackson-based firm Government Consultants Inc., whom the city contracted earlier this year to help craft its five-year master list and provide financial guidance.

 

 

Oktibbeha passes vicious dog ordinance

Posted 11/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- As expected Monday, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors adopted its vicious animal ordinance, which will go into effect 30 days after publication. Still unclear, however, is how the county will compensate the city for use of its animal control officers and the Oktibbeha County Humane Society for housing and vaccinating dogs that are picked up.

 

 

Oktibbeha County denies woman's requested tax break for past three years

Posted 11/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- An Oktibbeha County woman's request for a refund to adjust her property tax bill was denied Monday during the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting.

 

 

Warms hearts, warm meals: Volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving feasts to needy

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As residents baste up for Thanksgiving, some were preparing delicious feasts Monday afternoon to get a head start. But these Thanksgiving meals are not for their own stomachs; they are for hundreds of needy Lowndes County residents signed up for the annual Concerned Citizens of Ward 1 and Columbus Police Department Thanksgiving meal program.

 

 

Green means go to jail in late-night traffic stop

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested two men Monday night on charges of misdemeanor drug possession. It happened at around 11 p.m. in the parking lot of Ali's Quick Stop at 1900 Main St. Police said it started as a traffic stop for erratic driving and ended with police uncovering stashes of marijuana and pills.

 

 

CVB approves MLK money after heated debate, five motions

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chairman of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors got a new gavel Monday evening. And he needed it. George Swales used the gift at least three times to call the meeting back to order when it degenerated into name-calling and accusations among the nine-person board.

 

 

CVB members threaten one another with ethics complaints

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors grappled with a flurry of ethics issues during Monday's regular meeting.

 

 

City cannot pay travel expenses for police chief prospects

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three of the four finalists for the Columbus police chief position live outside Mississippi, and one candidate lives more than 2,500 miles away from the city.

 

 

Community members offer advice on police chief interviews

Posted 11/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A subcommittee that reviewed candidates for Columbus police chief recommended to council that members explore candidates' management experience and ability to relate to the community when personal interviews are conducted next month.

 

 

Feds provide $6M for rural health care in 6 states

Posted 11/21/2011 in State

Six states in the Mississippi River Delta region are getting more than $6 million in rural health care grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than half of it is going to Mississippi.

 

 

MSU offers three-day row crop short course

Posted 11/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University's Extension Service is offering a 2 1/2-day course for cotton, soybean and corn producers.

 

 

Killing seen as murder-for-hire

Posted 11/21/2011 in State

Hinds County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Richard Brown revealed last week in court that the 2008 shooting death of 48-year-old Larry Hunter, of Edwards is now being investigated as a murder-for-hire.

 

Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.

 

Oktibbeha to adopt dog ordinance Monday

Posted 11/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will adopt a vicious dog ordinance Monday morning. They need citizens to weigh in one final time before making it official.

 

 

Halbert-Burnett named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

The Dispatch has a new editor, but her name will be familiar to many longtime readers.

 

 

Dispatch names Griggs new production manager

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

You could say Perry Griggs has printer's ink in his blood, entering the profession in a Georgia printshop at 15 and quickly moving to the newspaper industry, where he rose from entry level pressman to production manager for news outlets across the South.

 

 

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