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Field grows in race for Mississippi House speaker

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- The race for Mississippi House speaker is attracting more candidates, with Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown becoming the latest lawmaker to say he wants to become presiding officer of the 122-member chamber.

 

 

Barbour says he's pursuing Mississippi jobs in California

Posted 7/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's spending several days in California "chasing jobs" and calling on companies that have investments in his home state.

 

City Council fires Columbus police chief

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to fire Police Chief Joseph St. John after about two hours in closed session, bringing to a close a scandal that has sharply divided the community.

 

7-year-old dies in bicycle wreck

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 7-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle with three friends near the intersection of East Cherry Street and Highway 182.

 

 

Columbus school board has budget hearing at 5 p.m.; tax increase could be imminent

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the city school board met with the mayor and three councilmen Monday to discuss the Columbus Municipal School District's budget, which will be presented tonight in a public hearing at CMSD's Brandon Central Services office.

 

City asks for St. John's resignation

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has offered Police Chief Joseph St. John 20 days' pay in exchange for his retirement before its meeting tonight, according to St. John's attorney, David Owen.

 

Study: Market Street Festival boosts local economy by the millions

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Market Street Festival is more than a feel-good event. Mississippi State University economists estimate this year's two-day festival drew a crowd of 34,091 people, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

 

 

Early-morning shooting marks Columbus' second slaying in eight days

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 32-year-old man was fatally shot in front of his girlfriend early this morning, and Columbus police are still seeking the suspect.

 

Contractor puts final touches on new school-district building

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After a month of around-the-clock work, the new Oktibbeha County School District building should be move-in ready by the end of the month.

Walmart robbery suspect leads police on chase

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A robbery suspect led police on a chase through Oktibbeha County Monday morning, before wrecking his truck.

 

MSU architecture prof honored for Katrina recovery work

Posted 7/19/2011 in State

BILOXI -- A Mississippi State University architecture professor who helped in the coastal rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina is being honored today at the White House.

 

 

Oktibbeha schools approve funding for new buses

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School board voted Monday night to request the $450,200 needed to buy four new buses and four used buses to rejuvenate the fleet.

 

 

Steens service station robbed

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hudco Superette gas station, at 5860 Highway 50 E., is closed this morning after an armed robber burst into the store around 8 a.m. and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

 

Economist says Market Street Festival makes big impact on local economy; specifics to be released Tuesday

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi State University economist Tuesday will reveal the results of a study, looking at the economic impact of Columbus' Market Street Festival.

 

 

Columbus police chief to face City Council with no shortage of supporters

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is expected to appear before the City Council on Tuesday, to answer for events that led to his ongoing paid suspension.

 

Police continue search for fourth suspect

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police apprehended three suspects last week and are seeking a fourth in connection with the July 11 murder of 35-year-old Eddie Terrell Bankhead.

Basketball tournament raises money for for the Family Readiness Group fund

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.

 

Lowndes needs 20 new tornado sirens, official says

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsly came to Friday's Board of Supervisors meeting armed with maps and bad news: According to his estimates, the county needs 20 new tornado sirens, but funds will not be available from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as supervisors had previously hoped.

 

 

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