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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.


UPDATE: Suspect remains hospitalized after shooting

Posted 11/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County sheriff's deputy shot a 27-year-old man Monday morning after responding to a home burglary call just south of Columbus Air Force Base.


Defeat may not end 'personhood' efforts in Miss.

Posted 11/14/2011 in State

The "personhood" proposal contained in Initiative 26, or something like it, could resurface next year in the Mississippi Legislature, Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant said.


GOP gains control of Miss. House

Posted 11/14/2011 in State

A majority of the Mississippi House of Representatives will be Republican for the first time since Reconstruction.


Ag station to auction livestock Thursday

Posted 11/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Beef cattle, horses, ponies and a miniature mule from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's research herds will be auctioned on Thursday.



Mills wins another term as Justice Court judge

Posted 11/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Jim Mills has retained his seat as Justice Court judge for District 3. Mills, a Democrat, clinched his second consecutive term by 249 votes over Republican Buddy Johnston.



Breakfast bandit captured in Starkville

Posted 11/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville's breakfast bandit was captured this week, after seven months on the lam.


Veterans remembered with parade, ceremony

Posted 11/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved ..." So says the enduring poem, "In Flanders Fields," penned by Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McRae in 1915 to honor the death of a friend and encourage people to never forget the human cost of battle. A few years later, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Germany signed the Armistice and World War I -- the "war to end all wars" -- drew to a close. But the wars did not end.

Mother fights to make Highway 25 and Longview Road intersection safer

Posted 11/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Susan McAllister got the call no mother wants to answer. It was Dec. 27, 2010, mid-afternoon and the McAllister family was still reveling in another Christmas spent together.


Columbus City Council to hear police chief findings Tuesday

Posted 11/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials expect the police chief search subcommittee to present its findings on the four finalists at Tuesday's council meeting.


Golden Triangle aviation history told in new book

Posted 11/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Somehow, Stuart Vance of Starkville knew that recording the history of aviation in the Golden Triangle was going to be his "thing."


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