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City of Crawford opens new community center

Posted 3/3/2012 in Area

The City of Crawford could be a metaphor for blighted small towns across the state -- low on population and funding with decaying buildings and high unemployment rates.


Race begins for cancer fundraiser

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the calendar edges toward April, organizers for the American Cancer Society's Lowndes County Relay for Life are gearing up for what they hope will be their best fundraiser in recent years. Similar relays will be held in more than 5,100 locations around the world to raise money for cancer research, advocacy, education and awareness.


Universal playground planned for Sudduth

Next week, children, parents and teachers of Sudduth Elementary School will be seeing stars. For the past week, students have been decorating tiles with stars in preparation for a bigger project -- the new universal playground, which will be built at Sudduth Elementary School this fall.


Food Giant and Red Cross team up for fundraiser

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hey mister, have you got a dime? Paying a few extra cents on your grocery bill could add up to a big help for people in northeast Mississippi.


Three arrested in MSU kidnapping

Three fraternity members were arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping a female student in Starkville Thursday around 10 p.m.



MSU student charged in kidnapping hoax

The Mississippi State University student who fabricated her abduction Wednesday was charged Friday with filing a false police report.


Saturday profile: Patricia Thornton

Posted 3/2/2012 in Area

Patricia Thornton, 30, is the assistant director of the Pines/Cady Hill Adult Treatment Center, which is a part of West Point-based Community Counseling. Thornton is a native of Durant.


Updated: Closings due to weather threat

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some events have been rescheduled and businesses closed due the threat of severe weather.



Ward one updated on city projects

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Constituents in Ward 1 turned out Thursday night at the Townsend Park Community Center for an informal meeting with the ward's councilman, Gene Taylor, city department heads and other city officials.



Triplett appeals child pornography conviction

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal appeals court has scheduled oral arguments in a child pornography case from Mississippi.



It's official: 68 teachers, staff terminated

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Adair, Adam, Agerton, Black ... The names behind the numbers behind the decision to lay off 68 city school teachers and support staff. The measure passed 4-1 at Thursday night's school board meeting, with board member Bruce Hanson casting the lone dissenting vote.



Deadline extended for superintendent search

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District closed the application process on Jan. 31 and received packets of information on nine candidates last week from the Mississippi School Boards Association, which was hired in July to conduct the search.


Eurocopter delivers 200th helicopter

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the area's leading aerospace developers commemorated a 200th milestone with a reception Thursday morning.

Helpline volunteers offer a voice in the dark

Posted 3/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every 35 seconds, someone in the United States attempts suicide. Every 14.6 minutes, one person succeeds. The state of Mississippi now ranks 19th in the country for suicides. And that number is climbing.


MSU selected to lead national transportation research

Mississippi State is the lead institution for a $3.5 million federal grant to help fund a center of excellence for transportation research.


Supes discuss deal with public library and board vacancies

Posted 3/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A partnership between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues to move forward. At Wednesday's board meeting, Board President Harry Sanders questioned the status of the project.


MSU student cries wolf in alleged kidnapping

Call off the dogs, silence the sirens. It was all a hoax.



Superintendent search tops city schools agenda tonight

Posted 3/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the ongoing search for a superintendent.



Two arrested for possession of meth while child was in home

Posted 3/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arrests for 3-1-12.



Business brief 3-1-12

Posted 3/1/2012 in Business

Mckay named managing partner.



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