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SPD introduces two-officer motorcycle unit

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In November, the Starkville Police Department was looking for a couple of good men for a new assignment. Candidates could be assured of being miserably hot in the summer, chilled to the bone in the winter and drenched in rainy weather. In addition, the candidates were assured of performing a tedious, thankless job. Oh, and the job is potentially dangerous.


Annexation lawsuit inches along

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In what Fourteenth Chancery District Judge H. Jim Davidson Jr. described as a "procedural matter," a date for discovery was set Thursday for the upcoming trial regarding annexation for the City of Columbus.



Crime report 5-25-12

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Gardner convicted of burglary

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for more than an hour, a Circuit Court jury Wednesday found Demonta "Gangsta" Gardner guilty of burglary of a dwelling but not guilty of armed robbery. A juror poll showed it agreed one hundred percent on the verdict.


Lowndes schools explore tuition-based pre-K

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks ago, the county school board approved a limited pre-kindergarten program for the district's neediest students, but Wednesday afternoon, they voted 4-1 to explore the possibility of expanding the program to include tuition-based preschool for students who don't qualify for the free classes.



Outlook healthy for LCSD budget

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Based upon preliminary budget figures, the Lowndes County School District is in good shape, but tough decisions will have to be made to offset changes in the county and state's financial picture, Business Officer Frances Goldmon told board members Wednesday afternoon during a budget workshop at the central office.


School takes active approach to teaching Spanish

Posted 5/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By the time Jack Fountain is in his mid-30s, a period generally considered the most productive years of a person's life, his country will be a much-different place than it is today. Researchers say that at the current pace, Hispanics will become the majority in the U.S. by 2040, which means more than half of the population will speak Spanish. Those who don't speak Spanish will find themselves in a minority and likely facing a competitive disadvantage.


Bryant signs law to limit attorney general's power

Posted 5/24/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.


OCSD promotes senior check-in service at annual picnic

Posted 5/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Along with a free lunch and some entertainment, Oktibbeha County senior citizens were given the opportunity to sign up for a potentially life-saving program on Wednesday at the Fifth Annual Senior Day at the Park.


On technology: Learn from your customers with Google Consumer Surveys

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business

Earlier this year Google launched Consumer Surveys, a service allowing business owners and individuals to survey a targeted audience. This is an incredibly useful tool for businesses wanting to gauge customer satisfaction and preference.



Talley is national finalist

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business

Jay Talley of Columbus has been named a finalist for Ruan Transportation Management Systems' annual Driver of the Year award.



Stark Aerospace announces new subsidiary

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business

Stark Aerospace has established a new subsidiary, Stark Flight Services, to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services and focused operational support.



Marriages and divorces 5-24-12

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business



Building permits 5-24-12

Posted 5/24/2012 in Business


Breaking: Gardner found guilty of burglary

Posted 5/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Demonta Dewayne "Gangsta" Gardner. Gardner, 19, of 917 11th Ave. S, was arrested September 29, 2011 and charged with armed robbery and burglary of a dwelling.

Haynes: Star district possible for Columbus schools

Posted 5/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board has spent the past few weeks backgrounding superintendent candidates, but Tuesday night, they learned the district -- as well as Columbus and its movers and shakers -- had been equally scrutinized.


Krispy Kreme to replace Dunkin'

Posted 5/23/2012 in Business

People who wheeled into Dunkin' Donuts Monday morning searching for their sugar and java fix were in for a surprise: The doors were locked, with signs informing customers the shop had gone out of business.



MSMS only Miss. school on list of best high schools

Posted 5/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.



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