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Columbus schools delay decision on sex ed

Posted 2/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An exploratory committee formed to examine which method of sex education should be taught in Columbus schools presented its findings to the district's board of trustees Monday night. The Starkville School District in October decided on an abstinence-plus curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year.



How do I love thee? Love letters and Valentines through the ages

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night could keep local vendors from hawking giant teddy bears, roses and other mass-produced tokens of love Monday evening, and a few determined stragglers were seen shuffling through the soggy twilight, trying to find last-minute gifts.


Rhea awaits bond hearing in Picayune

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Starkville woman arrested for aiding a prisoner escape custody is awaiting a bond hearing in Pearl River County Jail.

One dead, three injured in Lowndes wreck

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One person died and three others were injured after a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon.

Columbus schools hold off on firing more than 50 teachers

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposal to cut several positions within the Columbus Municipal School District hit a stumbling block Monday night, buying some needed time for those whose jobs are on the chopping block. But the delay is only temporary.

Coroner: MSU student died of cocaine, heroin overdose

Posted 2/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University student found dead in an off-campus apartment more than a week ago died from an accidental drug overdose, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said. Hunt received toxicology results from the state medical examiner, which showed Teresa Ann Veal, 20, died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin.


Caledonia Aldermen vote against Cal-City Grocery

Posted 2/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Jeff Doty was careful to preface his case to reopen Cal-City Grocery with a simple and to-the-point statement. "I am not here to cause animosity among the community," Doty told the Caledonia Board of Aldermen Saturday. "I am here to run a legitimate business." Still, the board voted against conditions for Cal-City Grocery to sell cold beer, either under a grandfather clause or a variation to a city ordinance.



Survivor of European cruise shipwreck thankful to be alive

Posted 2/11/2012 in Area

She got a brief phone call from her son before she started watching the tragedy unfold on the news. Eventually, Lillian Evans, of Columbus, just turned the TV off.



TVA power expansion to aid Starkville development

Posted 2/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Expansion plans by the Tennessee Valley Authority will give Starkville a new tool to recruit businesses. TVA will build a 14-mile stretch of transmission lines that will cut through Clayton Village on Highway 182 past the Thad Cochran Research Park. The transmission lines will be completed by spring 2013.


Saturday Profile: Starkville Walmart's Brandon Turner's job gives new meaning to 'moonlighting'

Posted 2/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For many, the world at night goes unseen. The setting sun usually signifies the end of another day and the beginning of bedtime rituals and preparations for the morning. But for Brandon Turner, a shift manager at Walmart in Starkville, the "day" is just getting started.

Local spelling champ gets ready for next competition

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This will probably come as a surprise to Caledonia Middle School sixth-grader Elise Cook's fan club, but her favorite subject isn't English, it's math. In fact, this year's countywide spelling champ is hoping to someday become an engineer.

Helping middle class the basis of Brad Morris' congressional campaign

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Democrat Brad Morris spent Wednesday in the Golden Triangle, touting his candidacy for a U.S. House of Representatives seat for the 1st Congressional District, which covers most of north Mississippi.


Noxubee man gets life sentence for rape, murder

Posted 2/10/2012 in Area

MACON -- The girls lived only three miles apart. They were only three years old. Both were snatched from their homes in the middle of the night, raped and strangled.



Colleagues tout superintendent's many assets

Posted 2/10/2012 in Area

One can glean plenty from a superintendent's relationship with the school board president. Former Bulloch County School Board President David Ball doesn't have a negative word about Lewis Holloway, new superintendent of Starkville School District.



Officer suffers broken arm in burglary arrest

Posted 2/10/2012 in Area

A Starkville Police officer was injured Thursday while arresting a burglary suspect in the Cotton District.



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