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Mom's inquiry leads to arrest of son

Posted 8/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother's curiosity lead to the arrest of two men and an assault against a police officer on Wednesday.

Columbus native turns in Eagle Scout medal in protest over policy on gays

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

Columbus native Austin Smith received his Eagle Scout medal in 1973 at the age of 16. The award capped off a longtime commitment to the Boy Scouts and fulfilled a dream of his family.

Obama's welfare waiver: Gutting rules or tweaking?

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals.


Ex-officer sues Greenville officials over firing related to Facebook

Posted 8/9/2012 in State

A former police officer claims in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments on a social networking site.


Oktibbeha Sheriff's Dept. arrests man for truck theft

Officials with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested Piotr J. Gullett on Aug. 3, and charged him with one count Felony Taking of a Motor Vehicle.


Marriages and divorces 8-9-12

Posted 8/9/2012 in Business



Building permits 8-9-12

Posted 8/9/2012 in Business



July was hottest ever in history books

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.



Aldermen confident of redistricting plan approval

Adhering to a requirement from the U.S. Department of Justice, a city redistricting plan that will evenly distribute the population among Starkville's seven wards was unanimously passed by the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.



City Council balks at renaming Catfish Alley

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A request to honor a family member turned into a contentious issue during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.


Columbus, Starkville prepare for arrival of college students

Posted 8/8/2012 in Area

When college students return to campus this weekend, they'll be greeted enthusiastically by the local business community.


Caledonia aldermen dismiss grievance

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An ongoing dispute took a surprising turn Tuesday night when the Caledonia Board of Aldermen dismissed an employee's grievance against his supervisor.


Half the woman she used to be: West Point's Cox finds new life after losing 180 pounds

Posted 8/8/2012 in Area

At 356 pounds, Darlene Cox's body gave up. After spending three days in a coma, followed by weeks hospitalized in an intensive care unit, Cox knew she had to make big changes, if she wanted to live.


Council says restaurateur's failed bid for CVB based on residency

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus restaurant owner may have more questions than answers after appearing Tuesday before the Columbus City Council. Glen Baldwin, owner of the Cattleman's Steak and Fish House and Pit and Cone restaurants, wanted answers from the council regarding a recent appointment to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Karriem receives appointment

Posted 8/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem has been selected to participate in a new leadership development initiative hosted by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.


Board rejects bid for Oktibbeha Co. Lake

The Oktibbeha County School Board rejected the only proposal put forth to lease 16th Section land that includes the Oktibbeha County Lake on Monday night because the proposal, among other things, was nearly $18,000 less than the appraised value.



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