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McQueen solicits churches' help in crime prevention

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Can the church bridge the gap between lawbreakers and law enforcement? "We'll find out," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said, Tuesday afternoon.


Service Dawgs give back to community

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteerism continues to spread throughout the area. Through the Mississippi State University program 2011 Service Dawgs, more than 300 students fanned out Tuesday to 23 different sites in the Golden Triangle to donate time and service to local organizations.


Bowling gets 25 years in molestation case

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A high school football coach who spent a long career working in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 25 years in a child molestation case involving teenage boys.



Website explains the details of Starkville municipal plan

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To help paint the picture of Starkville's municipal master plan, the city launched a website Tuesday to answer citizen inquiries.



Aldermen pass $16.26M budget in split vote

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's fiscal year 2012 budget was adopted Tuesday night with no new opposition from citizens or board members. The $16.26 million budget, which went through its second public hearing in two weeks, passed with a 3-2 vote; Aldermen Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted against it; Aldermen Ben Carver and Richard Corey were not present at the time of the vote.


Columbus, Lowndes seek funding for Soccer-park bridge

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus and Lowndes County are closer to securing funding for a bridge to connect the Columbus Riverwalk to a downtown soccer complex, currently under construction.


Columbus police focus on community rapport

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Monday had been a typical work day, Columbus Police Officer Terrie Songer would have been juggling her cellphone and office phone, firing off emails and fielding questions from the media about a Sunday afternoon shooting on Fifth Street South.



After a year, MUW president search kicks into gear

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president continues, with a series of public-input sessions scheduled on campus next Thursday.



Circuit court officials work to make case processing more efficient

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ladies at the Lowndes County circuit clerk's office haven't had much of a break -- finalizing results from the Aug. 2 primaries and now gearing up for next Tuesday's runoff elections.



Mother: Smoke detector saved family's life

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said Monday evening that she is thankful for the smoke alarm she believes saved her family's lives Sunday morning when a fire ripped through their home at 219 20th St. N.


People helping people: Elementary schools take mission of volunteerism global

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kathy Cadden has made helping others the focus of her life, but Monday, when she found herself in a bit of need, she knew exactly where to go -- Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School.


Citizens get to weigh in on Starkville budget

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Citizens of Starkville will have their final chance to voice their opinion on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget during today's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Pit-bull attack injures two children

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead. Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.



Three additional suspects arrested in Sunday shooting

Posted 8/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four men are in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Fifth Street South.



Tainted beef leads to grocery recalls

Posted 8/15/2011 in State

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced beef recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.


Blues Trail? There's an app for that

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Blues Trail mobile app is now available for download from the iTunes® store. The free app, currently available only for iPhones, has a variety of features to allow users to navigate the trail and create customized itineraries to explore Mississippi's musical heritage.

A feel-good place: Good Samaritan Clinic celebrates 10 years

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"It was his idea," Dr. James Woodard smiled, gesturing toward his cohort, Dr. Alan Williams, sitting only a few feet away. "I just jumped on his back and have been riding it ever since. He was the main guy; I was the cheerleader."


Dermatology office opening in Columbus

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Internet war of words breaks out in Miss. killing

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities call it a hate crime by two white teens against a middle-aged black man, "murder by physically assaulting and purposefully using a 1998 Ford F-250 to run over James Craig Anderson."


Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.


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