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Jury: Lowndes County did not discriminate against road department superintendent

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal court jury Wednesday found that Lowndes County did not wrongfully terminate former road department superintendent Howard Smart because of his race.

 

Baptist behavioral health facility set to open by January

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As director of behavioral health at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, David Johnson has noticed a growing trend: More people struggling with the highs and lows of bipolar disorder; more people weighed down by economic woes, job stress and the resulting depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings; more people seeking escape through alcohol and painkillers; more people needing greater help with every passing day.

 

Arrest Report 8-18-11

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests:

 

 

Line by line: Columbus dissects budget

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council spent much of their budget meeting Tuesday scrutinizing the police department, in an attempt to make a dent in the $1.58 million they needed to cut to balance the city's budget.

 

Man recovering after brick attack

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man is in the Tupelo hospital after being hit in the head with a brick Tuesday night.

 

Budget meetings scheduled for Columbus City Council

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is holding budget workshops today and Thursday, as board members continue to work out the particulars on the $22.55 million budget.

 

 

Trash-pickup rates increase in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beginning Oct. 1, Columbus residents will pay a dollar more for trash pickup. The City Council Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to increase Columbus Light and Water customers' monthly garbage fees from $14 to $15.

 

City of Columbus moves forward with annexation

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved final adoption of an ordinance adopting new city limits, Tuesday night. Adoption of the ordinance is the first step toward annexation.

 

McQueen solicits churches' help in crime prevention

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Can the church bridge the gap between lawbreakers and law enforcement? "We'll find out," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said, Tuesday afternoon.

 

Service Dawgs give back to community

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteerism continues to spread throughout the area. Through the Mississippi State University program 2011 Service Dawgs, more than 300 students fanned out Tuesday to 23 different sites in the Golden Triangle to donate time and service to local organizations.

 

Bowling gets 25 years in molestation case

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A high school football coach who spent a long career working in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 25 years in a child molestation case involving teenage boys.

 

 

Website explains the details of Starkville municipal plan

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To help paint the picture of Starkville's municipal master plan, the city launched a website Tuesday to answer citizen inquiries.

 

 

Aldermen pass $16.26M budget in split vote

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's fiscal year 2012 budget was adopted Tuesday night with no new opposition from citizens or board members. The $16.26 million budget, which went through its second public hearing in two weeks, passed with a 3-2 vote; Aldermen Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted against it; Aldermen Ben Carver and Richard Corey were not present at the time of the vote.

 

Columbus, Lowndes seek funding for Soccer-park bridge

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus and Lowndes County are closer to securing funding for a bridge to connect the Columbus Riverwalk to a downtown soccer complex, currently under construction.

 

Columbus police focus on community rapport

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Monday had been a typical work day, Columbus Police Officer Terrie Songer would have been juggling her cellphone and office phone, firing off emails and fielding questions from the media about a Sunday afternoon shooting on Fifth Street South.

 

 

After a year, MUW president search kicks into gear

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president continues, with a series of public-input sessions scheduled on campus next Thursday.

 

 

Circuit court officials work to make case processing more efficient

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ladies at the Lowndes County circuit clerk's office haven't had much of a break -- finalizing results from the Aug. 2 primaries and now gearing up for next Tuesday's runoff elections.

 

 

Mother: Smoke detector saved family's life

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said Monday evening that she is thankful for the smoke alarm she believes saved her family's lives Sunday morning when a fire ripped through their home at 219 20th St. N.

 

People helping people: Elementary schools take mission of volunteerism global

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kathy Cadden has made helping others the focus of her life, but Monday, when she found herself in a bit of need, she knew exactly where to go -- Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School.

 

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