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2 Miss. road shootings raise worry about fake police officer

Posted 5/15/2012 in State

Two shooting victims along Mississippi highways may have been killed by someone who posed as law enforcement and pulled them over late at night, authorities said Monday.


Area arrests 5-14-12

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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


Man found guilty of weapon possession at MSU

Posted 5/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

District Attorney Forrest Allgood said the decision to prosecute former Mississippi State University student Jeffrey Hill for possession of a weapon by a student on educational property should not be perceived as an "anti-gun" prosecution.



Markeeta Outlaw leaving clerk's office after eight years

Posted 5/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville City Clerk Markeeta Outlaw will retire on June 1.


Adopt a duck for the Great Tombigbee Duck Race, scheduled for June 9

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In less than a month, thousands of ducks will invade the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and if all goes well, their arrival may become an annual migration.

Jail's GED program graduates more than 25 inmates since 2012

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Brian Gartman, life is all about making decisions. A series of bad decisions led to Gartman's arrest and incarceration for burglary, which has now been reduced to a grand larceny charge. While serving a one year sentence in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, Gartman, 25, decided to make better decisions for himself, like earning a GED diploma.


Columbus city council to take on sagging pants Tuesday

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider on Tuesday a proposal from Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box legislating "saggy" or below the waist pants.



Ward 1 expected to lose 1,200 residents in redistricting

Posted 5/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If ever a man needed to do his work in pencil, it is Toby Sanford. Sanford is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager for the Golden Triangle Planning and Development Partnership (GTPDP) in Starkville.


Mother's Day: Cherishing every moment

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a normal pregnancy. It was a normal delivery. Nell and Michael Valentine both had children from previous marriages, but this child -- Gabriel -- was created by their shared love for one another. Together, their co-mingled DNA created life.


Lowndes schools to offer pre-K, sex ed and easier A's

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pre-kindergarten classes will soon be a reality in the county school system. After months of discussion and research, the Lowndes County School District's board of trustees Friday passed a motion 3-1 approving a limited pre-K program.



Columbus schools to hire 49 teachers

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two months after informing 68 teachers their contracts would not be renewed, Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell announced Friday that 49 vacancies will be filled, with impacted teachers having first priority to reapply for their jobs.


East Mississippi Community College graduates more than 900

Posted 5/12/2012 in Area

East Mississippi Community College students have graduated and they're ready to take their next step toward excellence, whether it's transferring to a four-year college or university or entering the job market.

Airbase report: $262 million pumped into local economy in 2011

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With higher sales tax numbers and lower employment figures already in place for Lowndes County and Columbus, the area received more positive economic news as the Columbus Air Force Base on Friday released its fiscal year 2011 economic impact report. The report was presented during a luncheon sponsored by the Base Community Council.

Mabus and Jones encourage service during MSU's graduation ceremonies

Posted 5/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Service was the theme of Mississippi State's Spring commencement exercises as a pair of military leaders with deep Mississippi roots stressed the virtues of "giving back" to more than 2,400 degree candidates during the university's split ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Rescued girl tells sister: 'Now we can go home'

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Days of grueling searches for two young girls and the kidnapper who killed their mother and sister led to the kind of terrain that favors the hunted -- high hardwoods and deep ravines near a red-brick church perched on a hill.

China tensions spur deeper US-Philippine alliance

Posted 5/12/2012 in National

China's assertive behavior is breathing life into America's historically tumultuous relationship with the Philippines.


NC gov wrong to speak ill of Miss., Bryant says

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult Mississippi while bemoaning that voters in her state approved a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.


Columbus redistricting talks on hold until Tuesday's council meeting

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redistricting talks Thursday continued, between members of the Columbus City Council and consultant Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson. Considering a 20 percent variance between the city's highest populated ward -- Ward 6 -- and its least populated -- Ward 4, Watson presented a proposed redistricting map, in which the variance would be cut to 9.5 percent.

Starkville celebrates 175 years

Posted 5/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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


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