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A new era: Tourism board works to overcome past controversy

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a full board of directors newly seated, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau is moving past controversy to emerge as a strong agency with a clearly defined mission, board members said.


Mississippi County reports 15 hurt in storm

Posted 11/16/2011 in State

LAUREL -- Fifteen people have been injured in a storm system that swept through parts of Jones County on Wednesday, causing damage to dozens of homes and buildings in an area north of Laurel. Only one person was taken to a hospital. No deaths have been reported.



Morgan, Norton to meet in court

Posted 11/16/2011 in Area

STARKVILLE -- Jan Morgan has imagined how surreal the moment will be when she meets Robbie A. Norton. The Starkville cyclist drew nationwide attention following her accident with Norton, who in May hit Morgan with her vehicle on Highway 50 in Clay County. Morgan spent nearly a month in a coma and had numerous medical procedures done since the accident. To this day, Morgan has never talked to or seen Norton. At 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the two will appear in Clay County Justice Court after Morgan pressed misdemeanor charges a month ago. Norton, of Cedar Bluff, faces a charge of simple assault with a deadly weapon, which carries a fine of up to $500 and six months in jail.



Ordinance to allow complete streets in subdivisions from onset of construction

Posted 11/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen held its second public hearing to amend the city's subdivision ordinance to allow single-phase street construction. As with the first public hearing, no board members spoke against it.


Answering a calling: Starkville family working to adopt child from Ethiopia

Posted 11/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The calling is clear for Wesley and Meaghan Gordon: Adopt a child who "doesn't have a chance." The Gordons, entering their sixth year of marriage, are the proud parents of a 3-year-old girl, Mary Reeves, and 1-year-old boy, Murphy.

Pizza thieves arrested

Posted 11/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pizza delivery employees in Starkville can breathe easier. The Starkville Police Department arrested two men Saturday for their roles in an attempted armed robbery of a Domino's Pizza driver on Sade Ware Street and the armed robbery of Pizza Hut deliverer in Chandler Park on Reed Road on Oct. 29.


Wiseman pledges greater focus to drainage issues

Posted 11/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Drainage: Everyone contributes to it, and everyone is plagued by it. The problem for the city of Starkville is how to adequately address and fund drainage projects. During the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, Mayor Parker Wiseman said the city's current drainage project master list, a 10-year plan developed by the previous administration, will soon be "millions of dollars" behind if the city doesn't restructure the way it finances.



MUW president search: Preferred candidate could be named Thursday

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president kicked into high gear this week, with second round of candidate interviews scheduled Thursday and an announcement of the preferred candidate's name -- if one is chosen -- expected to come Thursday afternoon.



Lowndes MSU Extension office to be demolished

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The end is near for the old Lowndes County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Center. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award the bid for tearing down the building, which is located on Third Avenue North across from Franklin Academy, to Burns Dirt Construction.



Beloved educator Alma Turner resigns from Columbus school board

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a 40-year span, she has served in just about every capacity of the Mississippi education system. Now, the Columbus Municipal School District's venerable board of trustees vice president, Alma Turner, is relinquishing her role on the board, leaving a void her colleagues say will be difficult to fill.


Police chief search subcommittee encourages 'interviews with an open mind'

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The subcommittee phase of the Columbus police chief search process is closed. It is now in the hands of the mayor and City Council.


South Starkville precinct key in county races

Posted 11/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville's largest voting precinct was key in a pair of county races won by Republican candidates. Republican Glenn Hamilton won the circuit clerk race over Teresa Davis-Roberson by 1,062 votes.



Tax business denied for the second time

Posted 11/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission Monday denied a request to operate a business out of a home. Julia Burgin asked the commission to allow a tax service business in the rear portion of her home at 2006 Short Main St.



Republican representatives to support Gunn's bid for speaker

Posted 11/15/2011 in State

BRANDON -- State GOP representatives voted Monday to back Clinton lawyer Philip Gunn as their candidate for House speaker next year, putting him in line to become the first Republican to lead that chamber in 136 years.



GOP gains control of Mississippi House

Posted 11/15/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3.



USM students on probation after blackface incident

Posted 11/15/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi has placed six members on probation for dressing for a party in blackface depicting the Huxtable family from the situation comedy, "The Cosby Show."



Cost estimates ready on Maple, Carver drainage project

Posted 11/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Residents of Maple and Carver Drives will find out how much it will cost the city to fix years-old flooding issues in each area during tonight's Board of Aldermen meeting.



On the road: Law and order makes a stop at MSU

Posted 11/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For people who confuse Hollywood courtroom dramas with reality, Mississippi State University will host a pair of real-life, state appeals cases that are open to the public today.



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