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Town plans for Caledonia Days

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The eighth annual Caledonia Days festival is still a month and a half away, but plans are swiftly falling into place.



Merchant: Adding forensic pathologist to crime lab could save time, money

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has an autopsy laboratory but no forensic pathologist, and Greg Merchant, Lowndes County coroner, hopes that changes.


A place to skate: West Point develops skate park

Posted 8/31/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- By spring 2012, skaters in West Point will have their own park. West Point's Inline and Skateboarding Experience, or WISE, will be a 3,000-square-foot skate park located at Marshall Park. The park will feature a bowl, rails and an outer ring for inline skaters.

Overturned tractor-trailer holds up traffic

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning heading east along Highway 82 in Columbus, sending the driver of the 2010 Kenworth semi-truck to the hospital.


Columbus police go back to school

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though they're past the stage with book bags and report cards, Columbus police officers aren't exempt from attending classes and brushing up on some basic skills.



Bowling gets 35 years in molestation of minors

Posted 8/30/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- An ex-high school football coach who spent a long career in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison in a Mississippi molestation case involving teenage boys. Dwight Bowling was sentenced Tuesday in Monroe County Circuit Court.



Brooks calls for county-worker raises

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Looking to the city of Columbus as an example, Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks wants to guarantee county employees raises for the coming fiscal year. The city recently passed a $22.86 million budget, including 3-percent raises for its about 280 employees.



Columbus police chief application deadline extended

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus continues to search for a new police chief, with city officials extending the application deadline to Sept. 8.


Police search for man accused of assaulting 60-year-old woman

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are searching for a man accused of hitting a 60-year-old woman in the back of the head with the blunt end of a knife Monday night.


Pass or play: Buyers bid on delinquent property taxes

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere was one of studied concentration Monday morning as a mixture of hard-core investors, dabblers and dilettantes turned out for Lowndes County's annual delinquent tax sale at the Trotter Convention Center.



Stabbing suspect granted continuance for bond negotiation

Posted 8/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A man accused of stabbing another man this weekend appeared in municipal court Monday and was granted a continuance to negotiate a lower bond.


Five arrested for damaging vehicle

Posted 8/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Five people were arrested Sunday and charged with felony malicious mischief after damaging a car at Ace 21 Apartments.


Barbour: No early role with GOP 2012 candidates

Posted 8/29/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday that he won't get deeply involved in helping any presidential candidate until Republicans choose their 2012 nominee.



Barbour sets Friday special session for bond issue

Posted 8/29/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and top lawmakers said they'll reveal details later this week about job-creation incentives the Legislature will consider during a special session Friday.


New manufacturer headed to Lowndes County

Posted 8/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new manufacturing facility is coming to Lowndes County, but until Wednesday, the most Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins will say about the company is it's big -- possibly bigger than Severstal or Paccar.


Twin Towers steel headed to USM

Posted 8/29/2011 in State

Two pieces of steel from the World Trade Center that collapsed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are on the way to Hattiesburg for a memorial at the University of Southern Mississippi.



Contracts extended for leaders of MSU, Ole Miss

Posted 8/28/2011 in State



Miss. lends helping hand in Irene relief

Posted 8/28/2011 in State



Locals help with Irene relief effort

Posted 8/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a century -- since the Galveston, Texas hurricane of 1900 -- the Salvation Army has dedicated itself to meeting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of disaster victims. Maj. Paul White, head of the local branch of the Salvation Army, wasn't surprised Friday when he got the call for assistance.



Police: Starkville man stabbed fellow MSU student

Posted 8/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- One Mississippi State University student was arrested and another is in serious guarded condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, following a Friday-night stabbing in the Cotton District.



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