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Club Rock, BJ3 under scrutiny in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two events venues are scheduled to undergo state safety inspections today. Club Rock and BJ3, on Rockhill Road and Old West Point Road, respectively, were visited this morning by the state fire marshals, who evaluated each building for proper exits, capacity and emergency lighting.



Former Ole Miss chancellor Khayat hospitalized

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

OXFORD -- A University of Mississippi spokesman says retired chancellor Robert Khayat is hospitalized but improving.



Columus police arrest man in vehicle burglary

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested a man early Tuesday morning in the north side of the city for burglary of a vehicle.


A healthy outlook: Mental health gets a facelift with new facility

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Baptist Behavioral Health Care's new facility doesn't fit the image of a stereotypical mental health hospital, there's a good reason: It was designed to be the antithesis, with every detail chosen with an eye toward aesthetics and efficiency.


Columbus man killed in West Point shooting

Posted 12/20/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- West Point police are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a Columbus man. At 10:51 p.m. Friday, Clay County 911 received calls of gunshots fired and someone lying in the road on Brady Street.



Columbus' cash balance falls $850K

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most people, this is the time of year when last-minute Christmas shopping reigns supreme, and the wallets and pocketbooks open up. For Columbus city officials, it's the time of year when finances are a little tighter and the city's pocketbook stays closed.



Tourism audit: $20,000 in undocumented expenses

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A board that has engaged in name-calling and threats went at it again as Treasurer Bart Wise went over findings from Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report audits.


CVB backs up on new grant guidelines

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors voted unanimously to revisit recent changes to its community grants program. Members didn't give a reason for the vote at Monday's regular meeting, but the guest speaker's comments after the vote hinted at the possible reason.


Fed judges release plan for Miss redistricting; Oktibbeha County split between 1st and 3rd Districts

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- Federal judges on Monday released a plan to update Mississippi's four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said.



Biloxi Salvation Army not sure whether grinch took toys or workers misplaced them

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

BILOXI -- At least 20 bags of toys collected as part of the Salvation Army toy drive are missing after a break-in at the school where they were stored, but officials hope they are just misplaced, not stolen.



DUI trial: Second hung jury in five months

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said he doubts there'll be a third trial for a woman accused of aggravated DUI in a 2009 accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist.



Vancleave man charged with DUI after six-vehicle pileup in Biloxi

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

D'IBERVILLE -- A six-vehicle pileup in D'Iberville left one man hospitalized and another man in jail charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence with injuries.



High court justice to play music at the Capitol

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A bluegrass band led by a Mississippi Supreme Court justice will perform Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda and host a concert that will include Christmas music.



Analysis: Budget guides set for new Miss. leaders

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- New legislators will write Mississippi's budget for the year that begins July 1 and, after a certain amount of haggling, a new governor will sign it into law.


Owners of historic homes open them for Christmas

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Singers croon there's no place like home for the holidays. A person would find few homes for the holidays like the ones open to the public during Saturday's tours organized by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.


Columbus council likely to appoint school board member Tuesday

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council may appoint someone to the vacant seat on the Columbus Municipal School District school board when it meets in regular session Tuesday.


Mississippi State professor pens first biography of civil rights icon Medgar Evers

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A mother's stories to her young son never went away. The son remembered them and wrote them down for everyone to remember. Michael V. Williams, in one way or another, has always heard or read about civil rights icon Medgar Evers.


Monday meeting will provide info on historic district designation

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Downtown building owners could soon have incentives to renovate their properties. The Starkville Central Neighborhood Found-ation is more than a year into the process of applying for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and hopes to learn soon if downtown is eligible.



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