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Residents push for locals to be hired in Kerr-McGee cleanup

Posted 10/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A large cardboard sign greeted concerned citizens as they streamed into the Columbus Municipal Complex Thursday night: "Community input matters to EPA."



Area principals remember devastating storms

Posted 10/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the past 60 years, Mississippi has been struck by 274 April tornadoes and 226 November tornadoes. Eighteen confirmed tornadoes swept through the state last November. Over the past three decades, Mississippi has averaged 38 tornadoes and three deaths per year. So far this year, 94 tornadoes have ravaged Mississippi, causing 37 deaths and making 2011 one for the record books.


Columbus Police to offer gun safety class

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An increase in violent incidents, and recent reports of an increased interest in firearms sales, have prompted the Columbus Police Department to schedule a gun safety class geared especially for women, Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said last week.

The search for a chief: Selvain McQueen

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen has received a lot of criticism as interim Columbus police chief, but he said he does get phone calls of praise and gratitude.

Kerr-McGee land designated Superfund site; EPA to host community meeting tonight

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand tonight at the Columbus Municipal Complex to give an update on cleanup efforts at the Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant site, located at 2300 14th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Race held to benefit Nick Bell foundation

Posted 10/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Linda Bell started a foundation in her late son Nick's honor, she envisioned it inspiring people to do their own good works.



SHS fall festival fundraiser set for today

Posted 10/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There's easier ways to raise money than organizing a festival, but there's not as much fun in raffles and candy sales.



UPDATE: Highway 45 wreck results in fatality

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday night wreck on Highway 45 North resulted in one fatality, police said.



Starkville High band thinks outside the box with halftime routine

Posted 10/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you've seen one marching band's halftime show, you've seen them all.



DuPree: Starkville can be a model for other towns

Posted 10/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Johnny DuPree sees a lot of Hattiesburg in Starkville.


Councilmen express concern over police chief selection process and applicants

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box didn't hold back any punches Tuesday afternoon during a special-called council meeting when the topic of the police chief search came up. Box expressed his concerns and said he is "not happy" with the quality of candidates the council has to select from. He suggested the 21-person committee go back to the search and find more candidates to recommend.


EMCC StarStruck

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College's marketing students are looking for local performers to compete in StarStruck, an annual talent competition celebrating its third anniversary. The show is set for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Cowbells Sports Grill in Starkville.



The search for a chief: Sam Lathrop

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than three decades of law enforcement experience under his belt, Sam Lathrop retired from the Beloit Police Department after disclosing information to the Beloit city manager regarding an intradepartmental relationship.


GTRA conducts emergency response drill

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Don't worry, Golden Triangle. It wasn't a real emergency Tuesday morning at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. It was just a drill.


Aldermen bounce ideas for redistricting

Posted 10/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first work session to discuss Starkville's redistricting of voting wards ended Tuesday with aldermen sketching solutions on a four-foot map of the city.


Lowndes candidates speak at CLOPAC forum

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks remain until the Nov. 8 general election, and local candidates took to the microphones Tuesday night, making last-minute pushes to voters during the Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee's final forum at the Columbus Municipal Complex.


Four sex crime cases continued

Posted 10/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Four sex crime cases last week were continued in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


ChangeMob helps needy causes, rewards donors

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The feel-good spirit sparked by philanthropy abates when benefactors realize how much of their donation doesn't reach its intended destination. Hoping to give people more power and transparency in making donations, Jonathan Kuiper has developed ChangeMob, a fully-automated system to donate money to a needy cause.


Final CLOPAC forum tonight at Municipal Complex

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee will hold its third and final political forum tonight at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, giving voters a chance to hear two-minute speeches from candidates for the district 2 justice court judge's seat, as well as those running for county prosecuting attorney and district attorney.



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