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Starkville finalizing capital improvements plan

Posted 10/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By the end of the calendar year, the city of Starkville will have a five-year capital improvements plan. Mayor Parker Wiseman is close to rounding up suggested improvements -- prioritized from immediate need to long-term projects -- from city department heads and aldermen.


Candidates tout experience, new ideas at voter forum

Posted 10/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local candidates had their chance to sway voters to their side before the Nov. 8 election arrives. Candidates in nearly every local race attended the Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters political forum Thursday at the Columbus Municipal Complex, while interested residents listened for the one thing that could sway them to one side or the other.


Kior to hold job fair at EMCC

Posted 10/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kior officials are seeking 70 people to fill full-time slots at the Columbus biofuels plant, and they're hoping to find at least some of those people Saturday during a job fair at East Mississippi Community College.



Music, fireworks tonight kick off Caledonia Day festivities

Posted 10/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia was abuzz this morning as residents and business owners finished last-minute preparations for the 8th annual Caledonia Day festival, which kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. at Ola J. Pickett Park and continues Saturday with a full roster of events.



Artists converge on Northport this weekend for Kentuck

Posted 10/14/2011 in Area

NORTHPORT, Ala. -- For some, it is pilgrimage. For others, it is curiosity. But for two local artisans, it is something else entirely -- part homecoming, part family reunion, encompassed in a two-day rainbow of color nestled in a place early settlers dubbed paradise.



DuPree, Bryant debate on TV tonight

Posted 10/14/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi voters get a chance Friday night to see the two candidates for governor in a televised debate


Bean speaks about Center for Creative Learning Initiatives

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 2004, and Dr. Claudia Limbert was president of Mississippi University for Women. She strode into Dr. Suzanne Bean's office and asked her what she would do with a million dollars. The question seemed preposterous, but Limbert wasn't kidding -- a federal grant was available from the U.S. Department of Education, and Limbert wanted Bean to chase it. Bean called her husband and told him she would be working late. Then she sequestered herself behind her desk and carefully wrote out a proposal that would win the grant and lead to the creation of the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning.


Waste Pro acquires Mississippi Industrial Waste

Posted 10/13/2011 in Business

A longtime local leader in the commercial solid waste industry is changing hands, but company officials say customers should see little to no change.



Marriages and Divorces 10-13-11

Posted 10/13/2011 in Business

Marriages and Divorces for Oct. 5 - Oct. 12



Building Permits 10-13-11

Posted 10/13/2011 in Business

Building Permits for Oct. 4 - Oct. 12



Lowndes County Arrest Report 10-13-11

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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


Police respond to Stabbing at North Browder Street apartments

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested and charged a Columbus woman Wednesday after police believe she stabbed a man with whom she is in a "dating relationship."


Oktibbeha County Arrest Report 10-13-11

Posted 10/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges in Oktibbeha County from Oct. 3-8, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office report:



Starkville, MSU hash out plans for free transit system

Posted 10/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville and Mississippi State University are inching closer to finalizing their grant proposal for a joint-transit system. A 10-member transportation committee of city and university officials rode an MSU shuttle along proposed routes last week and gathered data they'll use to determine the location of shelters and stops and the exact time between routes.


Turning over a new LEAF: Columbus gets first glimpse at Nissan's new fully electric car

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was hard to tell whether Christmas had arrived early or Columbus Nissan had been completely launched into an even further-reaching future Wednesday afternoon as customers and employees got their first glimpse of the automobile dealership's latest offering: An all-electric car which carries a sporty look -- and an equally ambitious price tag.


Supes expected to fill E-911 board vacancy Friday

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are expected to fill a vacancy on the Columbus-Lowndes County E-911 board this week. According to Sheri Fancher, E-911 director, the choice will be made at the supervisors' Friday meeting.



Committee plans to present police chief picks to council Tuesday

Posted 10/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is closer to selecting the next police chief. The citizen search committee met Wednesday to narrow the field of applicants to five. The committee will present those recommendations on who should be heavily considered for the permanent police chief to the Columbus City Council.



Baptist hosts breast cancer education luncheon Thursday

Posted 10/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are a lot of misconceptions about breast cancer. Oncology Nurse Navigator Amanda Mordecai, of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, hears them every day. Thursday, she hopes to do a little myth-busting at the hospital's first breast cancer education luncheon, a free program which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the hospital's Patient Tower Education Rooms 4 and 5.



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