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Still in the race: Al Schmidt's life saved by quick action of an athletic trainer

STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.

Starkville's Melby sisters featured in '1861 Project'

It's been a long time since Hannah and Caroline Melby were a "sister act" -- since their days as youngsters singing in church, harmonizing with dad, Pete, and mom, Cindy, at the piano.

Lowndes County tries to put sale of health department on the fast track

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is turning to private Realtors to sell the old Lowndes County Health Department on Military Road.


Riding out the storm: Caledonia grapples with weather preparedness

Posted 7/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman and office manager Cathy Brown were in the water department's metal building on Jan. 10, 2008, when the tornado ripped through town. From their refuge in the office closet, they could only huddle in the darkness and pray.


Oktibbeha firefighters busy with blaze, wrecks

A Thursday fire on Andrew Road in Oktibbeha County destroyed a house and two cars.

Starkville, Amory men arrested for child porn

Posted 7/8/2011 in Area

A two-week investigation has landed a Starkville man in jail charged with child pornography. Monroe County man also nabbed in Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force operation.

Election profile: Oktibbeha County constable

A county constable has all the same powers as a sheriff's deputy, so it's no surprise the position attracts many from the ranks of the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office.


Starkville police chief details recent losses

The Starkville Police Department is facing a two-fold loss in funds in services following the exit of five veteran officers and the non-renewal of a contract with a prisoner transport service.


Fans bless football season with Running of the Bulldogs

A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.


GoPlay initiative earns national recognition

The National School Public Relations Association has recognized the Starkville School District and GoPlay with a 2011 Golden Achievement Award.



Oktibbeha schools approve budget for special education

Oktibbeha County school officials approved the special education budget for the coming year in a short meeting where they handled some year-end matters.



Arrest Report 7-7-11

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



Recent storms highlight need for more precautions

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recent storms have Lowndes County supervisors looking closer at safety concerns. Supervisors are considering the addition of a storm shelter at each of the Road Department's five satellite barns and its central maintenance office, to protect the department's 60 workers in the event of severe weather.



Work continues on steel project, Stark in industrial park

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work continues on the North Steel Development, near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The project, which will support New Process Steel and Mississippi Steel Processing, includes adding rail, water and sewer service, as well as an airport access road.


Second victim of early morning fire dies in Lowndes County

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 13-year-old boy died and his grandmother was on the verge of death this morning after their Lowndes County house caught fire.

Washington man faces charges for Caledonia child-pornography case

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 58-year-old Renton, Wash., man accused of convincing a Caledonia woman to send him pornographic photographs of her two young sons has turned himself in to local deputies.


Two Starkville men arrested for burglary in separate cases

The Starkville Police Department arrested a pair of individuals Sunday in separate burglary cases. At approximately 2:30 p.m., officers arrested Willie James Young, 48, of 903 1/2 Louisville St., Yellow Jacket Trailer Park Lot 3, for three auto burglaries committed at Peter's Rock Church at 223 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.


Court retires MSU linebacker's domestic-dispute charge

Reports recently came to light of Mississippi State University linebacker Deontae Skinner's June 5 arrest on simple domestic assault charges.


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