Some Lowndes County fire stations are in line to receive renovations, Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren said this week. At the June 15 meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, the board voted to allow Fondren to advertise the dismantling of a substation in District 3 and the main station in District 2.
After being closed for several years, the Columbus Police Academy is back in business. The academy opened its doors in May to offer its services to area residents participating in a citizens academy.
A wave of burglaries is sweeping through apartment complexes in Starkville. A worker at one complex said there have been 67 auto burglaries in Starkville over the past week.
The Columbus Police Department is investigating the robbery of a local pizza establishment.
After two weeks of contract negotiations, Dr. Martha Liddell finally signed the dotted line last Monday, agreeing to a three-year commitment as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District.
The Columbus Municipal School District named principals for Columbus High School and Columbus Middle School today during a special board meeting of the Board of Trustees. The two new principals will be familiar faces to parents and students; both are longtime assistant principals at the schools they will now run. Jill Savely will be the new principal at the high school, and Freda Dismukes will take the helm at the middle school.
Glenda Bates is not an ordinary 27-year-old. With an effusive personality as bright as her joyful smile, she's smart, articulate, fun and funny. But she's also a serious and dedicated professional musician.
Although sales tax figures have dropped slightly in Columbus over the past 30 days, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said the city is still posting higher numbers than predicted for the year. "We collected $809,699 in the month of May and $728,609 in the month of June," Bernsen said. "We are still doing better than we were doing a year ago."
Renasant Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, already has two temporary locations in Starkville, but construction has begun on a new building that will merge the two offices.
Thanks to crowd outbursts and hot button issues, Mayor Parker Wiseman was forced to call the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to order several times Tuesday night, and he was also called on to cast the deciding vote in a 3-3 split that passed an improvised motion to seek Federal Management Agency approval for Carver Drive relief.
Church congregations have successfully snapped up vacant city school properties over the past few years, but Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse was not so lucky in his recent attempt to purchase the sprawling Lee Middle School, which has sat empty since January 2011.
After considerable blow-back from her first major action as the Columbus Municipal School District's new superintendent, Dr. Martha Liddell reversed course Tuesday on a plan to dismiss students early on Wednesdays to allow time for teacher training and development.
A month after approving a ban on sagging pants, the Columbus City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to implement the addition to the city's indecent exposure ordinance. The new language was designed specifically to penalize those who wear their pants below the waist or hip. Commonly called the "sagging pants ordinance," it was introduced by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box who said it was modeled after a similar ordinance in Tupelo.
The city schools finally have a new superintendent, but with the fall semester only a month and a half away, the administrative shuffle continues as the Columbus Municipal School District seeks to fill three, possibly four, key vacancies.
Days after dealing with a puppy chow thief, the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society has a new, albeit good, problem: Local animal lovers have responded with a deluge of dog food -- more, in fact, than what was stolen.
The Columbus Municipal School District's early dismissal plan, if implemented, may meet an early demise due to state board of education concerns over policy inconsistencies in other districts.
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