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Columbus, Lowndes schools hold off on sex ed decision

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi schools have nine months to decide how they will handle a state mandate to incorporate "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-plus" classes into the curriculum, but not every district is rushing to make the choice.



The World-Changer: Steve Jobs knew what we wanted

Posted 10/5/2011 in Business

Jobs the CEO, Jobs the technologist and futurist, Jobs the inventor and innovator and refiner of others' ideas: All of them, in the end, relied upon another Steve Jobs who sewed the others together and bottled their lightning: Steve Jobs the storyteller, spinning the tale of our age and of his own success, and making it happen as he went.



Starkville schools to teach abstinence-plus

Posted 10/5/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- After a split vote Tuesday night, the Starkville School District will begin teaching safe-sex practices in addition to encouraging abstinence.



WANTED: West Point cracks down on overdue fines

Posted 10/5/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- If you're in West Point, make sure your name isn't on "the list." You could find yourself handcuffed and in the back of a police car.


Local business owner arrested for assaulting police officer

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A simple code-enforcement call turned into an assault on a police officer Tuesday afternoon.

Felon leads deputies on high-speed chase

Posted 10/5/2011 in Area

CALEDONIA -- A wanted felon led local law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase down the narrow, winding roads of Caledonia Tuesday afternoon before he was finally captured.


Christina Berry named permanent city planner

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry can remove the "interim" label from her position.



Starkville again considers limits on payday loan businesses

Posted 10/5/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- At least one Starkville alderman wants to limit the number of high-interest loan businesses in the city.


Program encourages fathers to get involved in their children's education

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smiles on the children's faces were enough to tell Franklin Academy Principal Patricia Overstreet and Edward Yeates, founder of Father's Child Ministries, that they're onto something good. Tuesday morning, the two paired up for the second year in a row to bring fathers into a place they're not always seen -- the classroom.


Caledonia pay raises stand, mayor's veto fails

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Pay raises for a number of town employees in Caledonia were upheld by the Caledonia Board of Aldermen last night, after Mayor George Gerhart's veto failed by a 4-1 vote. Alderman Quinn Parham cast the lone vote in alliance with the mayor.


Officials share differing opinions over Sim Scott project speed

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As more days pass, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks and Ward 5 Columbus City Councilman Kabir Karriem become more upset regarding the speed of the Sim Scott Community Center project.

Preservation commission eyes redrawing historic district maps

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans to create an ordinance outlining and protecting Southside Columbus' rich architectural history have hit a snag -- the maps under which the district was originally created are more than three decades old and must be redrawn.


Expert to give advice on business in the changing economy

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Business owners interested in learning new strategies for the changing economic times will have the opportunity to work with a customer service and business development expert Thursday as the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link concludes its "ABCs of Business" seminar series.


Starkville students encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Shortly after 3 p.m. each day, a single-file line of vehicles, each with a bright-colored sign of a student's name on the dashboard, begins forming outside of schools nationwide. Parents wait patiently, vehicle engines idling to maintain the perfect cockpit temperature.


Rockhill Road to get emergency repairs in Oktibbeha

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rockhill Road will soon have a new look and feel. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday unanimously approved emergency repair to a 9,900-foot stretch that begins 3,000 feet past the city limits.



Howard to showcase Golden Triangle at global conference

Posted 10/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To much of the U.S., not to mention the rest of the world, the Golden Triangle might as well be an alternate name for the fabled area in the Atlantic Ocean.



Freeing 89 terminally ill inmates saved state $5M

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say.



Ole Miss player death case now in Lafayette County

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

A north Mississippi couple whose son died during football practice at Mississippi will have their case tried in Oxford, where the university is located, a Hinds County judge has ruled.



Postal Service hearing set for Dumas post office closing

Posted 10/3/2011 in State

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public hearing Tuesday to get local residents' reaction to proposed federal plans to close the Dumas Post Office.



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