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Columbus Fire and Rescue respond to vehicle fire

Posted 9/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle fire Friday night at the intersection of Seventh Street South and Fifth Avenue South.

Henderson Ward Stewart unveils all-weather pavilion for outdoor classrooms

STARKVILLE -- A playground is as synonymous with an elementary school as a pint-sized box of milk. When the recess bell rings, boys race out of the classroom with basketballs in hand and climb everything in the yard. Girls jump rope and lounge by the jungle gym.

MSU students pledge volunteer service at 9/11 tribute booths

STARKVILLE -- Like many of her Mississippi State University classmates, Madison Poole was a child when terrorists attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.


Oktibbeha arrest report 9-9-11

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4:



Two arrested for embezzlement in Columbus

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two employees at separate businesses were arrested for felony embezzlement from a restaurant and an automotive supply store Wednesday.



CAC hosts Ron Tew book launch today

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Arts Council will host a book launch event at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., today from 4-7 p.m., for Ron Tew's latest novel, "The Conversion."


Enrollment at Mississippi universities up

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The numbers are in, and the news is good: More Mississippi students are attending college this year, with preliminary fall enrollment figures at all-time highs for the state's eight public universities and the headcount holding steady at East Mississippi Community College.


Columbus starts crime alert system for local businesses

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thanks to the Columbus Police Department, local businesses now can be a step ahead of area crime. The CPD released a statement Wednesday announcing the beginning of the Columbus Business Alert initiative, an effort to inform local businesses of crime information as it is happening.



Community invited to weigh in on criteria for schools' next leader

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the search continues for a new superintendent to head the Columbus Municipal School District, the board of trustees -- along with the Mississippi School Boards Association -- is seeking community input on the qualities and characteristics the next leader should possess.



Caledonia principal withdraws from election

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The field got slightly narrower for candidates in the race for Lowndes County superintendent of education. Roger Hill, who was running as an independent, Thursday withdrew his candidacy.


Morgans weigh legal options after cycling accident

STARKVILLE -- David Morgan struggles to accept the circumstances of his wife's cycling accident. The Morgans feel Cedar Bluff woman Robbie Norton, who hit Jan Morgan with her car while Morgan and a friend were cycling in Clay County on May 22, broke the law but hasn't been punished.


Local farmers fare well through summer

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.



Citizens at public hearing: Involve entire community in grant discussions

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citizens want to involve the entire community in deciding which city properties will be considered for a redevelopment assessment grant. It was the first public meeting concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grant the city plans to apply for.


Two events to honor Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.


CAFB raises security-alert status

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.



Arrest Report 9-8-11

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:



Starkville recognized for its play opportunities

Starkville's commitment to improving the quality and quantity of play access for children paid off Monday with the city's selection as one of 151 "Playful City USA" Communities.



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