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Lowndes County plans for new fire stations, renovations

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Columbus Police Academy up and running

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



Starkville hit with wave of car burglaries

Posted 6/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Crime report 6-22-12

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating the robbery of a local pizza establishment.


New superintendent to make $150,000 in first year

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Principals named at CHS and CMS

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Oboist prepares for symphony despite heat

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Sales tax receipts up over last year

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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 relies on local contractors for new building

Posted 6/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.


Marriages and divorces 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Aldermen to ask FEMA approval on Carver Drive project

Posted 6/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.


CMSD turns down Point of Grace's $175,000 offer for school

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Apologetic Liddell backs off plan for early-release

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Columbus Council hikes up pants, makes sagging pants ordinance official

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



Kappler resigns; Columbus now with three principal vacancies

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Humane Society flooded with donations after dog food theft

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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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