After he gave his graduation speech, Brian Xu quietly walked back to his seat on the front row. It was only after he sat down that the crowd in Humphrey Coliseum burst into applause, eventually rising to a standing ovation for the Starkville High School valedictorian.
Ban issued until July 31
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling which declared school segregation unconstitutional, but desegregation came slowly in Mississippi, with many districts -- including Lowndes County -- not achieving complete integration until placed under court order to do so in 1970.
Fireworks have become almost synonymous with Independence Day; they are bright, colorful, loud and conjure images of "the bombs bursting in air" made famous in our National Anthem. But dry conditions this year may put a damper on some of the celebrations.
Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.
A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.
Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was more about house-keeping than anything else, with the debate regarding the possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital almost going unmentioned. Almost.
Citing an increase in enrollment and antiquated buildings, Dr. Rick Young, President of East Mississippi Community College, Monday presented the school's strategic plan for the Golden Triangle Campus at Mayhew to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.
The Columbus Police Department has arrested one suspect and is looking for another in connection with the burglary of a local church.
Katie Moulds was contemplating attending medical school after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University, but a summer internship changed her career course forever.
Other than holding two public hearings on Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting will likely be uneventful. The board will hold its second public hearing on amending the zoning ordinance for rebuilding requirements on damaged non-conforming residential buildings. Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins first brought the proposed amendment to the board during their June 5 meeting, and had it's first public hearing June 19.
The new outpatient physical therapy center may be smaller, but that just makes it better, staff members at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle said Friday as they celebrated the project's completion during an open house reception.
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining order the day the new law took effect. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block the law for a longer time.
A Columbus Air Force Base airman has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near West Point.
The Lowndes County School District is expected to pass its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget at the July 13 board meeting, Business Officer Frances Goldmon said Friday. The $48.92 million budget includes funding for 13 new positions and employee raises.
With a slow and steady drop in unemployment rates, more Lowndes County residents are working this summer than since the recession of 2008. But the number of those seeking employment may be on the rise, as many are seeking summer jobs, while on a break from high school or college. And with six or more weeks to go before school begins, the job hunt for some students will continue.
A former Mississippi legislator and Lowndes County Justice Court judge passed away Thursday at the age of 91.
The process for injured Mississippi workers getting insurance payments will become more restrictive. Dyslexic students will be able to transfer to other public or private schools and have the state pay for it. And AT&T will be relieved of obligations to hook up phone service to certain customers. Those are among the new Mississippi laws that come into force Sunday, with the start of the state's 2012-2013 budget year.
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