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Music, fashion show and food tasting highlight Downtown Block Party

Posted 9/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Months of planning and increased advertising will culminate tonight in an eclectic celebration of Starkville's growth and charm.



Oktibbeha man arrested for robbery

Posted 9/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- An Oktibbeha County man is charged with robbery after stealing cash from a man who gave him a ride from a convenience store, police said.



Columbus man charged with assault

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested Derrick Ross Williams, 38, of 912 Oswalt Road in Columbus Sunday and charged him with four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.


Salazar, Shelton stump at Exchange Club meeting

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On one side stands experience and tenure. On the other stands youth and energy. Independent Haley Salazar, the incumbent, and Republican Justin Shelton will face off Nov. 8 in the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk election. They spoke at the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday, pitching a portion of their campaign platforms and hoping it will stick with those in attendance.


Columbus officers encourage community policing

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are asking residents for one thing: If you see something, say something. A handful of residents attended the Ward 3 community meeting Thursday night at First Christian Church in East Columbus and discussed concerns within their neighborhoods.



Agents bust two prescription drug rings

Posted 9/23/2011 in Area

Narcotics agents with the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit busted two prescription drug rings Thursday, concluding months of undercover investigation and culminating in arrests and/or charges against 21 people.



West Point offers 'park and ride' to MSU home games

Posted 9/23/2011 in Area

West Point's Growth Alliance has announced it will run buses to Mississippi State University home football games this fall.



Police investigating third fatal shooting in a week

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating another possible homicide that occurred late Thursday night on the 500 block of 27th St. N.



Building permits 9-22-11

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

Building permits Sept. 13 - Sept. 21



Community members ponder future of downtown post office

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The possible closure of the post office in downtown Columbus has led some community members to think about how to save it and others to ponder what the space could be used for in the future.



Marriages and divorces 9-22-11

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces Sept. 7 - Sept. 21



Peter Imes: The accuracy of Wikipedia

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

I'm teaching a class on social media for Mississippi University for Women's Life Enrichment Program this semester. Our first class was Tuesday night, and we started by reviewing some staggering statistics: 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, more than 600 million people actively use Facebook, 1 billion tweets are sent per week.


Pinwheels for Peace: Annunciation Catholic School students demonstrate what peace means to them

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They have grown up in a decade of conflict. Unlike their parents, they can't remember a time when the United States was not at war. It's intimated in the fraying yellow ribbons that can still be seen in many communities as quiet reminders of those who were called to serve. It is on the news, in the newspaper, on the streets and in the classrooms.

Columbus Police make arrests in felony shoplifting case

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Wednesday afternoon for two separate crimes, one a felony shoplifting charge and the other an auto burglary charge.


Concert features Starkville schools music teacher, local bluesman

Posted 9/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Music is in Jemero Carter's blood. Like a calling to ministry or gravitation to the ball field, he couldn't fight what he was meant to do: play music.



Starkville schools ask for feedback on sex education, other proposed policy changes

Posted 9/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District administrators and board members want feedback on several proposed policy changes, including the controversial addition of sex-education curriculum.



Body found by four-wheeler riders identified by OCSO

Posted 9/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office Tuesday positively identified the body of a woman found off County Lake Road on Sept. 4 as Virginia T. Hood, 45, of Hattiesburg.


Judge allows suit over lesbian's annual photo to proceed

Posted 9/22/2011 in State

A Mississippi federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by gay teenager Ceara Sturgis over the Copiah County School Districts refusal to include a picture of her in a tuxedo in the high school yearbook's senior section.


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