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Contested subdivision plan gets preliminary approval

Posted 9/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County


Sheriff's department investigates arson

Posted 9/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is investigating an arson following fires set to a trailer on back-to-back days.

Union: Ongoing strike is about 'right and wrong'

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A handful of employees on strike from Omnova Solutions gathered at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday morning, hoping the day's National Labor Relations Board hearing between Omnova attorneys and the Local 748-L union would provide some hope that the ongoing strike will end soon so they can return to work in what they hope will remain a union-led company.

Community wants visionary, money-savvy superintendent

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the community got the chance to voice their opinions on the Columbus Municipal School District's next superintendent Tuesday night, with nearly four dozen people showing up at the Brandon Central Services office to present a wish list of sorts.


Board approves bed-and-breakfast

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Three arrested for disturbance at Columbus business

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people were arrested Tuesday night for causing a disturbance at the Tobacco Warehouse, and one was charged with possession of a controlled substance.



Charles Hickson Sr., UFO abduction figure, dies

Posted 9/14/2011 in State

Charles E. Hickson Sr., one of two men who reported they were abducted from the banks of the Pascagoula River by aliens in 1973, has died at the age of 80.



Woman reports attempted sexual assault near MSU

Posted 9/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Revenues up from MSU research park

Posted 9/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



NBA, NFL players give back to home communities

Posted 9/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

MABEN -- When the Mississippi High School Activities Association did a recent walk-through of West Oktibbeha High School's basketball gym, they told school administrators and coaches they needed to replace its goals to host the district tournament this year.



Starkville gets a clean sweep for MSU's first home game

Posted 9/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Straighten up, Starkville. You've got company on Thursday. Get Swept Up, an annual event where local businesses and individuals spend six to seven hours cleaning up the town, kicks off Wednesday at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.



Omnova labor dispute continues

Posted 9/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though the ballots are in, it could be weeks before it is decided whether Omnova Solutions in Columbus will become a non-union plant or continue to be bound to Local 748-L.



Police plan second crime forum with local pastors

Posted 9/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Interim Chief Selvain McQueen and the Columbus Police Department scheduled a second crime forum for Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Court Complex.



Local Dems tap Nelson for sheriff's race

Posted 9/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee named Anthony Nelson as the replacement Democratic nomination in the Lowndes County sheriff election. Nelson, Lowndes County Juvenile Detention Center administrator, previously ran for the Democratic nomination but lost in the primary election to Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen. Nelson will replace McQueen, who withdrew from the race last week.



Columbus schools ask for community input on next leader

Posted 9/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is moving forward in its search for a new superintendent, with a public meeting scheduled tonight to solicit feedback on the qualities the community would like to see in the city schools' next leader.



City to begin vetting applicants for chief of Columbus police

Posted 9/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The application phase is over. It's time for the city to begin choosing a permanent police chief. The application deadline for the position ended Thursday, and Pat Mitchell, Columbus human resource director, said the city received 82 applications.



Family of former Rebels' player sues Mississippi

Posted 9/13/2011 in State

A Hinds County judge says he will rule soon on a motion by the University of Mississippi to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a former Ole Miss football player to Lafayette County.



Anthony Nelson named Democratic nominee in Lowndes County sheriff's race

Posted 9/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Anthony Nelson will replace Selvain McQueen as the Democratic candidate for Lowndes County sheriff.



Sept. 11 Homeland grants improve Miss response

Posted 9/12/2011 in State

Homeland Security grants after Sept. 11, 2001, helped the state prepare to handle Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies, Mississippi officials say.



Miss. court won't hear post-conviction petition from Michael Warren Willie

Posted 9/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Supreme Court sided Thursday with the state Court of Appeals, which said Willie didn't get approval to file a post-conviction petition and therefore an Oktibbeha County judge didn't have the authority to hear it.



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