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'Report cards': Lowndes improves; Columbus schools struggle

Posted 9/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Schools across the state received their "report cards" from the Mississippi Department of Education today, and the accountability rankings indicate that while there were some gains, the Columbus Municipal School District continues to struggle, failing to meet academic growth standards for the second year in a row.

 

Second school on alert after bomb threat

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second day in a row, local law enforcement and bomb-sniffing canine units were dispatched to a local school after a bomb threat. Shortly before 8 a.m., Columbus Middle School was placed on alert.

 

Board explores ways to keep storms from disrupting 911 computer system

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the towers at the Lowndes County Courthouse may be taken down. The E911 board of commissioners met Tuesday and discussed ways to keep lightning from striking towers at the courthouse and disrupting the Columbus-Lowndes County E911 emergency computer system.

 

 

Lowndes County arrest report

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:

 

 

Severstal lawsuit concludes

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal steel company's dispute with former metal brokerage company is over. A circuit court judge ruled on Monday that "Severstal may purchase scrap directly from other vendors as long as the requirement of the first 30,000 gross tons per month is purchased from Jefferson Iron as provided in the contract," according to a press release from Severstal.

 

 

Oktibbeha County arrest report

Posted 9/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office:

 

Broadcast group works with World's Finest Chocolate on Guinness record-setting campaign

Posted 9/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When you see a 12,000-pound, Guinness World Record chocolate bar paraded around the country in the coming weeks, you'd never guess it has a tie to Starkville.

Half of Lowndes neighborhood parks projects complete

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority moves closer and closer to completing its neighborhood parks project.

 

Columbus releases police chief search committee list

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus released the final names of the members making up the 21-person police chief search committee. The committee is tasked with selecting a handful of qualified applicants worthy of serious consideration for the permanent police chief position.

 

 

MUW garners national recognition

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women again has garnered national recognition by being ranked in the lists of top universities by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly.

 

Senator: Correnti made solar deal more attractive

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, had high praise for Lowndes County's latest economic development projects, telling members of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus Wednesday afternoon that the county is "the envy of the state of Mississippi."

 

Columbus finalizes tax hike for city schools

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council finalized a $22.98 million budget for fiscal year 2012 on Wednesday. The budget matches expected revenue, and no funds are expected to be pulled from available cash, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said.

 

Columbus, United Way team up for 'Project Feed Columbus'

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are often unseen, but they are there. Every day in Lowndes County, senior citizens struggle between buying medication and paying for food. Parents struggle to stretch meals and dollars, often going hungry themselves to feed their children.

 

Committee takes center stage in chief search

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of 18 people share the same task: Help find a new leader for Columbus police. The search committee appointed by the mayor and City Council will meet to choose a select few applicants worthy of serious consideration for the permanent police chief position.

 

 

House catches fire four times in two days

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County family is staying wth relatives in Crawford after a series of fires destroyed their home.

 

 

Citizens: Leash law would alleviate vicious-dog problem

Posted 9/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Oktibbeha County is one step closer to adopting a vicious-dog ordinance. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday held the first of two public hearings about the matter and presented a preliminary draft to roughly 25 citizens.

 

 

Light turnout for bond-referendum info fair

Posted 9/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

 

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.

 

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