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Lowndes plans to start drug court

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, Lowndes County will join 39 other Mississippi counties with drug courts in place.



New workers at Columbus' Omnova plant request to decertify union

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Omnova strike in Columbus, and the longest strike in the company's history does not bode to end favorably for its longtime union workers.



Survey: Majority of Lowndes students feels unsafe on campus

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brandy Gardner, coordinator for the Safe & Drug-Free Schools program. Gardner told the Lowndes County School district board that according to anonymous surveys, less than 60 percent of students at West Lowndes Middle School, New Hope Middle School, and Caledonia High School report feeling safe on campus.



Planning firm to help solidify vision for Starkville

Posted 5/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On the heels of March's charrette, Starkville has brought in a team from the PlaceMakers planning firm to explore the possibility of implementing form-based codes which will guide downtown's development.


Columbus police officer wrecks car in her second crash this year

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Officer Rebecca Lomax and three civilians suffered minor injuries Sunday when her squad car collided with another vehicle -- her second wreck this year.


PHOTO GALLERY: C-Town Cares benefit for Smithville tornado relief

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.



Miss. State student drowns at apartment complex

Posted 5/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student drowned early Sunday morning at his apartment complex.



Columbus concert set to raise money for Smithville

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local music community is putting its own spin on tornado relief, holding a benefit concert along the Columbus Riverwalk on Sunday from noon until late into the night.



Supes appoint Lawrence to CVB board

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors appointed a retired teacher to the Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday.



Property owners get original appraised value for land at Burns Bottom

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After Lowndes County took a total of less than two acres of property in the Burns Bottom area through eminent domain, two property owners returned to the table, requesting the original appraised value rather than the court's appraised value.


Hitching Lot Farmers' Market officially opens with homegrown, homemade wares

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eager for the homegrown and homemade, deal-hunters prowled the booths of the freshly opened Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus, picking up everything from pies to "redneck backscratchers."


Wren man dies in wreck

Posted 5/14/2011 in Area

A 76-year-old man died and his grandson was severely injured Friday, when his pickup was struck by an 18-wheeler in Monroe County.



Schools: CMSD interim superintendent reaches out to leaders about dropout rates

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell, interim superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, spent Friday afternoon speaking about a subject close to her heart -- dropout prevention.


Art in the garden: Visual and performing blend arts in upcoming garden tours

Posted 5/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's just possible that Bill Poe is happiest these days sitting on his "observation deck," looking out over his own slice of Serengeti paradise. At a nearby watering hole, elephants play, their rippling melody refreshing as the sun sets on a long, hot day.

Helping hands: Area residents provide relief for those impacted by tornadoes

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County was largely spared the wrath of last month's devastating tornadoes, residents have not gone untouched. Some had friends and family who were directly impacted. Others didn't know a single person involved, but they responded anyway. Some gave money. Some gave time. Most gave something.


Starkville police on the lookout for suspects in rash of auto burglaries

Posted 5/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A rash of auto burglaries have Starkville police officers once again warning citizens to lock their cars.



Sharp murder trial to begin Monday

Posted 5/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The murder trial of Leslie Sharp is set to begin Monday at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. Sharp, 21, of Starkville, is accused in the November 2008 killing of Christopher Cole, then 20, of Mathiston, at the corner of Rockhill and Kelly Road. She has claimed self-defense.



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