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Suspect in pistol whipping still at large

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a suspect in an alleged pistol whipping (aggravated assault) and shots fired case.



MPB program focuses on energy saving

Posted 6/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County will be featured in a 30-minute documentary highlighting energy-efficient projects undertaken by local governments.


Fire Department receives new rating

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners in the city. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a four, which is up from its rating a five where it has remained for the past 30 years.


Looking for a Father's Day outing? Join dad on a double-decker tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In honor of all dads this Father's Day, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation will offer free double-decker bus tours of historic Columbus Sunday, June 17, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.



Student obesity rate drops in Miss.

Posted 6/12/2012 in State

Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.



Columbus schools implement early release Wednesdays; Policy adopted after community leaves meeting

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a flip-flop motion, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Monday killed a motion to approve superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell's 2012/2013 school calendar, which thereby killed Liddell's proposal for an early release program. The motion died on the table without a second from a board member. But immediately after an executive session, board member Aubra Turner made a motion on the school calendar and it passed on a 3-1-1 vote.



Bike helmet ordinance still contentious issue

Posted 6/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For more than a month, the Starkville Board of Aldermen has been debating a revision to the bicycle helmet ordinance it narrowly passed two years ago. When the board held a public hearing on the matter on May 2 there was no consensus from the public, either. The board will likely address the ordinance again at next week's meeting, and if previous votes on the matter are any indication, Tuesday could be just as divided as the initial ordinance.



Columbus climbs in Policom industry rankings

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus continues to gain strength on a nationally published economic analysis poll.


Suspect sought in Auburn shooting that killed three

Posted 6/11/2012 in State

Authorities searched Monday for a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a pool party near Auburn University that a witness said began with a fight over a woman.

Monday profile: Dream began in diapers for CPD rookie

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Canyon Boykin, becoming a police officer has been a "life-long dream." Boykin's dream came to fruition recently when he was sworn in as an officer with the Columbus Police Department by Mayor Robert Smith.


Cyberstalking cases are hard to prosecute

Posted 6/11/2012 in Area

Stalking laws have been on the books in the United States since the early 1990's, and in 2003, following suite with a number of other states, Mississippi enacted a felony cyberstalking statute to help fight digital victimization. Even so, only a relative few cases are prosecuted.



Caledonia employee files grievance

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An employee with the Town of Caledonia's water and sewer department has filed a grievance against Water Superintendent Benny Coleman, alleging blackmail, ethics violations, discrimination and a violation of his constitutional rights.



Natural childbirth organization one of eleven groups receiving grants

After her sister was unhappy with her cesarean section birth, Alison Doyle, who was expecting four months later, decided she would attend a few childbirth education classes before it came time for her to deliver.


A promise kept: Columbus native returns home to honor parents

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Joe LaNier II left Columbus, he was 17. There weren't many options for the young black man deep in the heart of the 1940s South. His mother was dead, his father was out of work, his little sisters were hungry and he had just been fired from his job as a dishwasher because he'd asked for a raise from $3.50 to $5 a week.

Liddell to propose 'early release Wednesdays'

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell will preside Monday night over her first school board meeting since being selected as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District. She plans to update the board on details of her "Believe and Achieve" strategic plan, which she unveiled during her interview last month.


Caledonia outlines municipal complex plans

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

It may not be the Taj Mahal, but Caledonia aldermen believe the new municipal complex they're planning will be a welcome improvement for the community.



Drug testing considered for Lowndes County Schools

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randomly drug testing students is preventative, not punitive, Jerome Nettles, of Advanced Screening Solutions, said Friday, asking the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees to consider on-site drug testing at schools.


Judge Kitchens frustrated with state sentencing laws

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

16th District Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens says state laws creating leniency on time served for convicted criminals is undermining the justice system.

Southside preservation district is history for now

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposed ordinance to protect and preserve the historic integrity of Southside has been scuttled due to a lack of funds.


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