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Christina Berry named permanent city planner

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry can remove the "interim" label from her position.

 

 

Starkville again considers limits on payday loan businesses

Posted 10/5/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- At least one Starkville alderman wants to limit the number of high-interest loan businesses in the city.

 

Program encourages fathers to get involved in their children's education

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smiles on the children's faces were enough to tell Franklin Academy Principal Patricia Overstreet and Edward Yeates, founder of Father's Child Ministries, that they're onto something good. Tuesday morning, the two paired up for the second year in a row to bring fathers into a place they're not always seen -- the classroom.

 

Caledonia pay raises stand, mayor's veto fails

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Pay raises for a number of town employees in Caledonia were upheld by the Caledonia Board of Aldermen last night, after Mayor George Gerhart's veto failed by a 4-1 vote. Alderman Quinn Parham cast the lone vote in alliance with the mayor.

 

Officials share differing opinions over Sim Scott project speed

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As more days pass, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks and Ward 5 Columbus City Councilman Kabir Karriem become more upset regarding the speed of the Sim Scott Community Center project.

Preservation commission eyes redrawing historic district maps

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans to create an ordinance outlining and protecting Southside Columbus' rich architectural history have hit a snag -- the maps under which the district was originally created are more than three decades old and must be redrawn.

 

Expert to give advice on business in the changing economy

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Business owners interested in learning new strategies for the changing economic times will have the opportunity to work with a customer service and business development expert Thursday as the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link concludes its "ABCs of Business" seminar series.

 

Starkville students encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Shortly after 3 p.m. each day, a single-file line of vehicles, each with a bright-colored sign of a student's name on the dashboard, begins forming outside of schools nationwide. Parents wait patiently, vehicle engines idling to maintain the perfect cockpit temperature.

 

Rockhill Road to get emergency repairs in Oktibbeha

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rockhill Road will soon have a new look and feel. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday unanimously approved emergency repair to a 9,900-foot stretch that begins 3,000 feet past the city limits.

 

 

Howard to showcase Golden Triangle at global conference

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To much of the U.S., not to mention the rest of the world, the Golden Triangle might as well be an alternate name for the fabled area in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

Freeing 89 terminally ill inmates saved state $5M

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say.

 

 

Ole Miss player death case now in Lafayette County

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

A north Mississippi couple whose son died during football practice at Mississippi will have their case tried in Oxford, where the university is located, a Hinds County judge has ruled.

 

 

Postal Service hearing set for Dumas post office closing

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public hearing Tuesday to get local residents' reaction to proposed federal plans to close the Dumas Post Office.

 

 

Your paper is pink on purpose

Posted 10/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Readers will notice a change in the next few weeks' Sunday Dispatch - the A and B sections will be printed on pink paper during the month of October in recognition and support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

 

Goodbye, Godspeed: West Point holds sendoff ceremony for Guard unit

Posted 10/1/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- Lt. Col. Michael Cleveland stared into the sea of faces at the West Point High School gymnasium, searching for the three he holds most dear. There, on the left, near the top of the bleachers -- his wife, Shannon Cleveland, and their two daughters, Hannah and Sierra. He paused at the podium and struggled to gain control. His voice shook anyway as he spoke: "Not a day will go by that I will not think of you."

 

Scout bake sale tempts drivers with sweet treats

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday dawned windy and chilly, but that didn't daunt more than two dozen members of Cub Scout Pack 1, who turned out for the group's annual bake sale. As drivers waited at the stoplight on Highway 45 N. in front of Kroger, the boys waved signs and plastic buckets, offering sweet temptation in the form of cupcakes, cookies, homemade preserves and other treats.

 

 

Search committee for new chief to meet Oct. 12

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 21-person committee tasked with selecting five candidates for serious consideration for the Columbus police chief position will meet Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Columbus Police Department Command Center.

 

GUARD SENDOFF: Lindsay Wingo celebrates 'Christmas' with family and friends before deploying to Afghanistan

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The partygoers wore short-sleeved shirts and shorts, and the crackling "fire" in the cardboard fireplace mercifully cast no heat, but that didn't stop the small throng of people gathered at Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church from celebrating Christmas Friday night. After all, the guest of honor -- Lindsay Wingo -- will be far from New Hope this holiday, and they couldn't miss the opportunity to send her away with a dash of Christmas cheer. Wingo, 24, is one of approximately 70 area soldiers deploying for Afghanistan today to serve with the Army National Guard in Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

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