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

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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


Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.



Stolen phone's GPS leads police to suspect in string of auto burglaries

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


As football season gets closer, MSU band members hone their skills at camp

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.

Profile: Tim Brinkley to split time as pastor and West Point police chief

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

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.

Photographer Jane Robbins Kerr's personal philosophy reflected in RAC exhibit

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes 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.

National broadcasters say Poverty Tour is about solutions, changing perspectives

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Community: Next superintendent of Starkville schools should be dynamic, open

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Columbus native develops more advanced way to test bridges

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Columbus hashes out budget; raises planned for city employees

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



McQueen reshuffles Columbus police department

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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 8-11-11

Posted 8/11/2011 in Business

Building permits Aug. 2-Aug. 8



Marriage and divorces 8-11-11

Posted 8/11/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces July 28 - Aug. 8


VIDEO: Blood, sweat and tears: Crime lab leads with forensic technology to test antibodies

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to implement new technology that will revolutionize forensics, according to Columbus crime lab technicians.


Boil-water notice in effect for Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



State looks into possible use of voter-fraud tactics in Oktibbeha

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Tourism bureau begins ad blitz to promote Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.


Rushing returns to Farmers' Market Saturday

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"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.


External link: West Point selectmen pick new police chief, WCBI reports

Posted 8/10/2011 in Area


Old Lee Middle School 'choice property,' but a hard sell

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


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