For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.
Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.
A suspected auto burglar received an unpleasant surprise Saturday afternoon: Among the plunder police say he stole from more than 25 vehicles in Steens was a cell phone -- a cell phone with a GPS tracking device that led Lowndes County sheriff's deputies straight to him.
STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.
WEST POINT -- For Tim Brinkley, accepting the job as West Point's police chief made sense on many levels. The law enforcement veteran spent 26 years working for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, but during that span his home has been in Clay County.
Jane Robbins Kerr was not dressed in scarlet when she flitted into Columbus Thursday afternoon, and heat rose from Main Street's sidewalks with such unrelenting ferocity that one wonders if the dog days of summer will ever end.
As the sun set in downtown Columbus Thursday afternoon, a mega-sized tour bus chugged down Fifth Street and idled to a stop alongside the curb in front of Rosenzweig Arts Center. It wasn't an unusual sight except for one thing: The words "Poverty Tour" splashed across the side of the bus.
STARKVILLE -- Thirty-two people came out Thursday night to share their opinions on what the school board should look for in the next superintendent of the Starkville School District. The most commonly repeated themes were that the next superintendent should have good communication skills, be invested in the community, bring people together and be a person of integrity.
Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.
The Columbus City Council doesn't want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.
Change is afoot at the Columbus Police Department, with four longtime veterans being reassigned to the patrol division and another being assigned additional duties, in an effort to put experience back on the streets.
Building permits Aug. 2-Aug. 8
Marriages and divorces July 28 - Aug. 8
The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to implement new technology that will revolutionize forensics, according to Columbus crime lab technicians.
A water line broke north of the Garrard Road/Pat Station Road area on Old West Point Road in Starkville. Because of the break, there is a boil-water notice for that area. City officials are still trying to determine the exact location of the break. For more information, contact Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill at 662-323-4583.
Big brother will be watching over the Oktibbeha County primary runoff election on Aug. 23. An observer from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office will oversee the election's day operations following the discovery of several irregularities during the Aug. 2 election.
The Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau is ramping up its advertising ahead of a busy fall season. During the organization's monthly meeting Wednesday, GSDP Vice President of Tourism Development Jennifer Gregory outlined an ad budget that more than doubles the total spent during the last fiscal year.
"You can't just sit around polishing your silverware. You got to get out and bring the kids, 'cause there's so many cool things to see," proclaimed Felder Rushing, urging folks to come out to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus.
If you think it's hard trying to sell a house in today's sluggish economy, imagine trying to sell a 96,350-square-foot school.
2. Photo: Hwy. 45 wreck COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Students accused of statutory rape COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Railroad co. investigating derailment in Columbus COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Man arrested after close call with school bus STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY