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UPDATE: Miss. death toll continues to rise in wake of severe storms

Posted 4/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Another night of severe weather has left four people dead in Mississippi, including a Louisiana law enforcement officer who was out camping with his daughter, raising the state's total death toll to at least five.

Columbus school board accepts Phillips' resignation

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District formally accepted superintendent Dr. Del Phillips' resignation in a special meeting Tuesday night at the central office.

Barbour out, but questions remain among GOP contenders

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

With the GOP campaign's first debate scheduled for next week, the muddy Republican field will become clearer very soon as more potential contenders announce whether they'll run or sit out.

 

New Columbus tourism board scrutinizes expenses

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Columbus and Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau board is being more careful with its budget dollars, requesting line-by-line budgets from those requesting funding for festivals and other special events.

 

Bowling to plead in Miss. molestation case

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

A high school football coach whose long career took him from ball fields and classrooms in Mississippi to similar jobs in Alabama is set to plead guilty Wednesday in a sweeping child molestation case involving teenage boys, federal court records said.

Departing Phillips will oversee vastly larger school district in Tennessee

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Del Phillips will receive higher pay and oversee a vastly larger district when he makes the move from superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District to the director of schools with the Sumner County Board of Education in Gallatin, Tenn.

New Fairfield Inn draws 'good, strong occupancy' -- and a few jobs

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today's official grand opening of the Fairfield Inn and Suites off 18th Avenue North in Columbus is part of the answer to a need for newer and higher-quality hotels in the Golden Triangle. And for the 20 new hires at the plush, new hotel, the business means much more.

Woman in stabbing case in stable condition

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 31-year-old woman who was allegedly stabbed multiple times by her live-in boyfriend Thursday in Lowndes County is now in stable condition, according to county investigators.

Oktibbeha man arrested in pistol-whipping case

Posted 4/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County man was arrested early Sunday morning charged with pistol-whipping a man.

 

EMCC nixes plan to buy Columbus Country Club

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After catching flak from some constituents, East Mississippi Community College trustees voted Monday to reverse a decision to negotiate the purchase of the Columbus Country Club.

 

 

Storm kills 3-year-old girl in McComb

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

Pike County authorities say a 3-year-old girl has been killed by an oak tree that fell on her family's home.

 

 

BancorpSouth posts first-quarter loss

Posted 4/26/2011 in Area

Tupelo-based BancorpSouth Inc. posted a first-quarter loss after increasing its provision for possible credit losses.

 

 

Sumner County, Tenn., OKs four-year contract for Phillips

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Del Phillips is officially headed to Tennessee. The Sumner County, Tenn., school board voted Monday night to OK a four-year contract with the Columbus school superintendent, who reports to work in June.

 

 

Gov. Barbour rules out 2012 presidential run

Posted 4/25/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour isn't running for president in 2012. The Republican issued a statement Monday saying he "will not be a candidate for president next year."

 

 

Tennessee school board could approve Phillips' contract tonight

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District superintendent Del Phillips could know by tonight whether or not he will be offered a new job as director of the Sumner County Board of Education in Gallatin, Tenn.

 

 

Independent schools adjust to current financial times

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

School districts publicly have made budget and staff cuts over the past years, and they continue to brace for cuts, awaiting final allocations numbers from the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

If no buyer steps forward, Friendship House could soon see demolition

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventh Street teemed with activity Sunday morning as churchgoers filled surrounding parking lots for Easter services at First Baptist Church downtown. Amidst the bustle, Friendship House stood quietly nearby -- silent sentry to a changing era as small neighborhood churches give way to mega worship centers in outlying areas.

 

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