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Columbus, Starkville prepare for arrival of college students

Posted 8/8/2012 in Area

When college students return to campus this weekend, they'll be greeted enthusiastically by the local business community.


Caledonia aldermen dismiss grievance

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An ongoing dispute took a surprising turn Tuesday night when the Caledonia Board of Aldermen dismissed an employee's grievance against his supervisor.


Half the woman she used to be: West Point's Cox finds new life after losing 180 pounds

Posted 8/8/2012 in Area

At 356 pounds, Darlene Cox's body gave up. After spending three days in a coma, followed by weeks hospitalized in an intensive care unit, Cox knew she had to make big changes, if she wanted to live.


Council says restaurateur's failed bid for CVB based on residency

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus restaurant owner may have more questions than answers after appearing Tuesday before the Columbus City Council. Glen Baldwin, owner of the Cattleman's Steak and Fish House and Pit and Cone restaurants, wanted answers from the council regarding a recent appointment to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Karriem receives appointment

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem has been selected to participate in a new leadership development initiative hosted by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.


Board rejects bid for Oktibbeha Co. Lake

The Oktibbeha County School Board rejected the only proposal put forth to lease 16th Section land that includes the Oktibbeha County Lake on Monday night because the proposal, among other things, was nearly $18,000 less than the appraised value.


Mississippi State's CAVS Center helps Starkville police go high-tech with drones

The Starkville Police Department may soon be the envy of every law enforcement agency across the state. Thanks to a close partnership with Mississippi State University, the SPD will soon have three different state of the art robotics at its fingertips.

Columbus Soccer Complex nears completion

Posted 8/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Opening ceremonies are being planned for a soon-to-be completed sports complex. The Columbus Soccer Complex, located in the Burns Bottom area near downtown Columbus, is scheduled to be completed Aug. 21. The soccer complex will open Sept. 22.


Supes grant Silicor extension to start construction

Posted 8/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday voted to give Silicor Materials an extension to meet terms of a local incentive package.



CPD holds 'Night Out' against crime

Posted 8/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department will be hosting a night out from crime. Beginning tonight at 6, Columbus residents can attend events at one or more of four locations -- Sims Scott Park, Townsend Community Center, the East Columbus Gym and Sandfield Community Center.


YES program benefits both students and city

Brandon Sharp will be a senior at Starkville Academy this year, and while some of his peers might have spent their last high school summer on the beach, Sharp spent his on the back of a garbage truck.

Fortune passes passion for biology on to her students

Posted 8/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's always something happening below the surface in Flora Fortune's Columbus High School biology class.

Council expected to put final touches on redistricting plan

Posted 8/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will clear one of its last hurdles before redrawing the lines in some of its six wards. The Council on Tuesday will discuss and adopt an ordinance needed for approval before the final redistricting map can be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.

Artesia population booms during festival

Posted 8/4/2012 in Area

Artesia, a town of approximately 496 people, likely drew a crowd of more than 13,000 last night at the 15th annual Artesia Days Festival.

An officer and a lady

If you ask Starkville Chief of Police David Lindley what sets his department apart from the rest you might expect him to talk about the city's low crime rate or the high morale among officers.


Baldwin wants answers from council on CVB board process

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus restaurateur wants to know why he wasn't considered for a recent appointment made by the Columbus City Council.


Phillips keeps kids out of school in budget impasse

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Del Phillips is no stranger to education budget woes, but Monday he faces a watershed he never reached as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District: School's out -- indefinitely.


Starkville man sentenced to 25 years for DUI fatality

A Starkville man charged with leaving the scene of a May 2011 accident in which an 11-year-old boy was killed and three others injured this week was sentenced in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Wright to receive more than $175,000 in back pay

Posted 8/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright has been awarded $175,043.95 in back pay following the conclusion of his 2011 lawsuit against the district.


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