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Starkville Electric begins fiber optics installation

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department will be working all along Highway 182 today installing the first pieces of a city-wide fiber optic network -- the first step toward providing customers with up-to-the-minute usage data.


Aldermen OK municipal project

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the first time in more than two months, the Starkville Board of Alderman approved and implemented the consent agenda Tuesday night, significantly cutting down on the length of the meeting and leaving plenty of time for Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker to give an explanation he felt he owed constituents.



City Council approves paving projects

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved paving projects in its six wards by a 5-1 vote on Tuesday. The dissenting vote came inexplicably from Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made a second to Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box's motion to accept City Engineer Kevin Stafford's paving recommendations.


Financing delays Silicor as deadlines approach

Posted 7/18/2012 in Area

The beginning of September will mark one year since a California-based solar silicon manufacturer chose Lowndes County for its sprawling new facilities. But after pushing the start date back several times, the company may soon be faced with having to request an extension or risk losing the hefty incentive package that state and local officials worked so hard to craft.

Columbus schools approve budget, announce hirings

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With summer rapidly drawing to a close and students headed back to the classroom Aug. 6, the city school board seemed determined to tie up loose ends at Tuesday night's meeting, finalizing next year's budget and announcing a number of key personnel positions.

Public defender Jourdan states case for balanced view of criminal justice

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Admitting it's "not popular to be a criminal defense attorney," one of Lowndes County's five public defenders spoke Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club, hoping to give her audience a new perspective.


Few details emerge as new group organizes

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

The steering committee charged to explore forming a tri-county economic development group for the Golden Triangle is off to a slow start -- if it has started at all.



17 people hurt in Tuscaloosa bar shooting

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

A gunman opened fire early this morning at a bar in the hometown of the University of Alabama, wounding multiple people, police said today.



Cadence mum on management shake-up

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

Three days have passed since the resignations of two banking center presidents in Columbus and Starkville, but Cadence Bank officials remain tight-lipped on the management shakeup.


CVB weary of Legends talk; Sherrod signs on as pitch man

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has elected a new leader. During Monday's regular board meeting, Dewitt Hicks was unanimously chosen to serve a one-year term as board chairman. He replaces outgoing chairman George Swales. Hicks, who was appointed to the board by the City of Columbus, urged his board members to work together.


Starkville supervisors approve grant for fire departments

Posted 7/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors met for only an hour or so Monday night, but it was enough time to unanimously approve distribution of a $494,000 grant for personnel recruitment and retention assistance for county fire departments.


Caught in the act: Man trapped in wall of store

Posted 7/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If the walls could talk was not a rhetorical question at one Starkville convenience store on Friday. A man trying to rob a new convenience store in Starkville got into a tight spot Friday and was probably thankful to be apprehended.


Columbus City Council ready to submit paving plans

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday will submit their final plans for street paving for the year. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the council will discuss final paving for a few city-wide projects as well as projects for individual wards.



Cook and Annunciation art students get boost from grant

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, already a model school for arts integration, has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to continue the program and build upon the foundation they've developed over the past few years.


Grant money will help MSU with its wellness programs

Posted 7/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to a sizable grant, the Health Education and Wellness Department at Mississippi State University will unveil a new project this fall in hopes to make maintaining a healthy lifestyle as simple as possible for the campus and the community.


Police investigate Sunday morning shooting incident

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


New development alliance for Golden Triangle?

Posted 7/14/2012 in Area

Representatives from Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties have formed a steering committee to examine the possibility of forming a tri-county coalition for economic development.


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