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Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.


Helmet Ordinance tops Starkville Aldermen agenda

Posted 6/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold its second public hearing on the possibility of amending the current helmet ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.

Thousands celebrate family and freedom at Juneteenth

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many who gathered at Sim Scott Park, Juneteenth was part homecoming and part history lesson -- a celebration of family and freedom. In its early years, the festival only drew around 1,000 people, but now more than 10,000 attend, said Leroy Brooks, of the Afro-American Culture Organization, which coordinates the three-day event.


City paving projects to be completed this year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The re-paving of some city parking lots and streets is on the horizon for Columbus. City Engineer Kevin Stafford said several projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year.


MSU director co-chairs armored vehicle research team for NATO

Posted 6/16/2012 in Area

The newest co-chair of a research team developing the next generation of ground vehicles for the world's leading military alliance is from Mississippi State University.

Nancy Bragg named state Administrator of the Year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been a year of highlights for Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School, and things just keep looking up, Principal Nancy Bragg said Friday, on her way home from the state Department of Education's board meeting in Jackson.


County to help with city parking lot repaving

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously passed a motion to assist the City of Columbus with some paving projects.


Wallenda exuberant after wire walk across Niagara Falls

Posted 6/16/2012 in National

The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896.

Film-making is a 'Headrush' for Starkville's Thomasson

Posted 6/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It would have been hard to write a more exciting introduction to film-making for Johnson Thomasson. He was eight years old and living in Indianola, riding his bike all over town. On this particular day, Thomasson ended up downtown where he saw a large crowd of people gathered behind a line of yellow caution tape, every one of them watching something intently with their backs to him.

Liddell backtracks on early-release letter

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A letter to teachers and administrators asking for feedback on releasing city school students early on Wednesdays was never sent, district Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell confirmed late Thursday night.

CPD uses spent ammo to fund make-over

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department shooting range will be getting a makeover, thanks in part to some shell casings. Bill Smith, CPD Director of Forensic Chemistry, said he had an epiphany during a recent range clearing and cleaning.

Two injured in Ash Street shooting

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus shooting Thursday night left two men injured and two arrested.

Governor's School uses eclectic classes to inspire creativity

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Textbooks have given way to Sudoku, South Park, and sushi this summer as the top high schoolers in the state gather for the 32nd annual Mississippi Governor's School at Mississippi University for Women.

A welcome change: Drop in gas prices has little effect on city's budget

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

After months of grim forecasts and overwrought predictions, gas prices did the exact opposite of what was predicted and took a nosedive. According to the average price in Columbus is $3.27 a gallon, with the lowest prices being $3.23 a gallon at Murphy USA. The highest price was found at Sandfield One Stop with a price of $3.39 a gallon.

Caveat Emptor: Law enforcement sees surge in scams

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

Local law enforcement are urging the public to be "suspicious and cautious" of several different scams that both the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office have had an increased number of reports for.

Juneteenth Festival ready to welcome crowds

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival have put the finishing touches on a three-day celebration set for tonight, Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The event coincides with similar activities around the country commemorating the abolition of slavery.


Crime report 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary of the Columbus-Lowndes Human Society.



Marriages and divorces 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business



Columbus hires firm to explore energy-saving options

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the City of Starkville has started making waves across the state for its new energy efficiency methods, Columbus has begun its own process.



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