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Scams target utility customers

Posted 7/7/2012 in Area

While telephone scams are nothing new, those behind the scams are becoming more creative in their methods. From direct phone calls to text messages, identity-theft scams are a daily occurrence.

 

One held in connection with Okitbbeha County death

An Oktibbeha County man is being held at the county jail after a July 4 altercation that resulted in the death of one Sunset Subdivision resident.

 

Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/7/2012 in State

Attorneys for the state of Mississippi are trying to persuade a federal judge to let a restrictive new abortion law to take effect, while those representing the state's only abortion clinic are asking the judge to extend the temporary hold he put on the law. The opposing sides filed their latest court documents Friday, a deadline set by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.

 

Columbus Library hosts 'The Freedom Rides' exhibit

Posted 7/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is hosting an exhibit, "The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change," through August 24. The display details the struggle for racial equality through the interstate transportation system.

Piggly Wiggly stores sold to Birmingham company

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Piggly Wiggly is Gone With The Wind. Belle Foods, which recently purchased 57 grocery stores across the Southeast - including the remaining Piggy Wiggly franchises - will mean an end to the historic brand that ushered in the modern supermarket concept 96 years ago.

Talley hearing set; Hinton in custody

Posted 7/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with capital murder will make his preliminary court appearance in Columbus Municipal Court on Aug. 16.

Tombigbee water level remains in normal range

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Drought conditions and resulting low water levels of the Mississippi River aren't affecting the Tombigbee River, officials said Thursday.

Starkville restaurant manager picked again for Columbus CVB post

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Bernard Buckhalter was re-appointed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote of the city council. Buckhalter is the manager of a Wendy's chain restaurant in Starkville.

Lightning strikes keep firefighters hopping

Two fires in Oktibbeha County that occurred at nearly the same time were both the cause of lightning strikes during a pop-up thunderstorm Thursday morning, according to the local fire departments that responded to the calls. Although no injuries were reported for either fire, both brought unexpected problems for the departments working them.

 

Starkville aldermen amend zoning ordinance

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to amend the city's zoning ordinance after having the board's second public hearing on the matter Tuesday night. The board also held its first public hearing on adopting a new ordinance to regulate certain areas of commercial and residential outdoor display and requested a title search by the city attorney for property near the Carver Drive ditch.

 

Summer reading programs keep kids intellectually engaged

Posted 7/5/2012 in Area

School's out for summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more pencils, no more books for local students, many of whom are already immersed in reading assignments for the upcoming school year. While students may groan and parents may wonder what happened to the carefree vacations they remember, educators, backed by statistics, favor summer reading as a way to prevent "brain drain" -- the loss of critical skills attained in the classroom and shoved in the locker when the dismissal bell rings each summer.

 

Columbus Mayor disputes 'flower-gate' report

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Tuesday said a recent column in The Packet is "not true." During a meeting of the Columbus City Council, Smith read Packet writer Ron Williams' column from the June 29 edition of the newspaper, which criticized city crews for planting flowers in the Dean Acres community, where Smith lives.

 

 

Caledonia proposes deal to end dispute with water employee

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee may soon see the pay increase he's spent more than a year fighting to receive.

 

 

Caledonians fume over rates despite 'adjustment'

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are beginning to feel the impact of a water and sewer rate hike which went into effect June 1, but limited relief for some may be on the way.

 

 

Miss. black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

Posted 7/5/2012 in State

Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

Business brief: Cox designated specialist

Posted 7/5/2012 in Business

John W. Cox, M.D., has been designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 7-5-12

Posted 7/5/2012 in Business

 

 

Research provides help in battle against domestic violence

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

A recent study conducted by the Columbus Police Department will be used to combat domestic violence. The research project, created through the office of Chief Selvain McQueen, shows more than 100 domestic violence cases have been reported in Columbus between January and July.

 

 

Farmers' Market earns state certification

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The market was certified as part of the Mississippi Certified Farmers' Market Program, which was launched by the MDAC as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers' markets across the state.

 

Hood reaps what he sews: Columbus native and ex-soldier found his niche as upholsterer

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a young Mississippi soldier on furlough, the sign in a Kansas City shop window was tantalizing. Who could resist cracking the door ever so slightly, peering inside this strange world that beckoned? He was planning to re-enlist, but it wouldn't hurt to see if the sign's prescient promise held merit. "Your future is in upholstery," the poster in the window boldly asserted, and for Willie Hood, that proved to be true.

 

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