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Citizens get to weigh in on Starkville budget

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Citizens of Starkville will have their final chance to voice their opinion on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget during today's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Pit-bull attack injures two children

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead. Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.



Three additional suspects arrested in Sunday shooting

Posted 8/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four men are in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Fifth Street South.



Tainted beef leads to grocery recalls

Posted 8/15/2011 in State

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced beef recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.


Blues Trail? There's an app for that

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Blues Trail mobile app is now available for download from the iTunes® store. The free app, currently available only for iPhones, has a variety of features to allow users to navigate the trail and create customized itineraries to explore Mississippi's musical heritage.

A feel-good place: Good Samaritan Clinic celebrates 10 years

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"It was his idea," Dr. James Woodard smiled, gesturing toward his cohort, Dr. Alan Williams, sitting only a few feet away. "I just jumped on his back and have been riding it ever since. He was the main guy; I was the cheerleader."


Dermatology office opening in Columbus

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Internet war of words breaks out in Miss. killing

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities call it a hate crime by two white teens against a middle-aged black man, "murder by physically assaulting and purposefully using a 1998 Ford F-250 to run over James Craig Anderson."


Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.


Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.



Stolen phone's GPS leads police to suspect in string of auto burglaries

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspected auto burglar received an unpleasant surprise Saturday afternoon: Among the plunder police say he stole from more than 25 vehicles in Steens was a cell phone -- a cell phone with a GPS tracking device that led Lowndes County sheriff's deputies straight to him.


As football season gets closer, MSU band members hone their skills at camp

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.

Profile: Tim Brinkley to split time as pastor and West Point police chief

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

WEST POINT -- For Tim Brinkley, accepting the job as West Point's police chief made sense on many levels. The law enforcement veteran spent 26 years working for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, but during that span his home has been in Clay County.

Photographer Jane Robbins Kerr's personal philosophy reflected in RAC exhibit

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Robbins Kerr was not dressed in scarlet when she flitted into Columbus Thursday afternoon, and heat rose from Main Street's sidewalks with such unrelenting ferocity that one wonders if the dog days of summer will ever end.

National broadcasters say Poverty Tour is about solutions, changing perspectives

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the sun set in downtown Columbus Thursday afternoon, a mega-sized tour bus chugged down Fifth Street and idled to a stop alongside the curb in front of Rosenzweig Arts Center. It wasn't an unusual sight except for one thing: The words "Poverty Tour" splashed across the side of the bus.


Community: Next superintendent of Starkville schools should be dynamic, open

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Thirty-two people came out Thursday night to share their opinions on what the school board should look for in the next superintendent of the Starkville School District. The most commonly repeated themes were that the next superintendent should have good communication skills, be invested in the community, bring people together and be a person of integrity.



Columbus native develops more advanced way to test bridges

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.



Columbus hashes out budget; raises planned for city employees

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council doesn't want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.



McQueen reshuffles Columbus police department

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at the Columbus Police Department, with four longtime veterans being reassigned to the patrol division and another being assigned additional duties, in an effort to put experience back on the streets.



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