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Crowd protests Gulf States not getting bid on school field house

About 70 people dressed in green "Buy American, Buy Starkville" T-shirts packed the Starkville School District's board meeting Tuesday to protest the high school's new field house not being fabricated by Gulf States Manufacturing.



Bryan in runoff for Oktibbeha County sheriff's race

When the doors of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse were locked Tuesday, one county primary was still undecided. The Democratic primary for Oktibbeha County Sheriff saw incumbent Dolph Bryan, who has served in that role since 1976, finish with 2029 votes and nearly 600 more votes than the next closest candidate. With just 36 percent of the votes, Bryan will face a runoff for the second straight election cycle.



Preservation board member pushes to save post office

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Historic Preservation Commission member Joe Boggess Monday urged his fellow commissioners to try to stop the closure of the historic downtown post office on Main Street.



Republican runoff to decide who'll face McQueen in Lowndes sheriff's race

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It looks like Mike Arledge and Bo Harris are headed to a runoff on Aug. 23, to determine who will face Selvain McQueen in the general election, to become the next Lowndes County sheriff. Arledge and Harris narrowed Republican field of four, garnering 49.66 percent (4,317 and 36.06 percent (3,135 votes) of the vote, respectively.



Clay boasts largest voter turnout in Tuesday primary elections

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of Golden Triangle counties, Clay had the largest percent of voters head to the polls for the primaries.


Wright and McGill to meet in Lowndes superintendent runoff

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was hard to tell who was happier, Lynn Wright or his campaign managers, following Tuesday night's primary election. Wright, a former New Hope principal, will face Edna McGill, assistant superintendent of the Lowndes County School District, in an Aug. 23 runoff to become the Republican candidate for superintendent of education.


Jeff Smith reclaims House of Representatives seat against Jack Larmour

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Lowndes County District 2 has new supervisor

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At about 11 o'clock Tuesday night, Bill Brigham was rounding up the last of his large campaign signs. For Brigham, who outseated incumbent Lowndes County District 2 Supervisor Frank Ferguson, the anticipation is over. Brigham beat out Ferguson, who is finishing his first term as supervisor, 1,404 (59.97 percent) to 936 (39.98 percent), in the Republican primary, to secure a seat at the Board of Supervisors' table in January.


Reeves defeats Hewes in GOP primary for lt. gov

Posted 8/2/2011 in State

State Treasurer Tate Reeves of Flowood has defeated state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport in the Republican primary for Mississippi lieutenant governor.



Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay election results, updated throughout the night (link)

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



City of Starkville could move forward with $14.2M master plan

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will move forward tonight with its plan to build a new police station and renovate City Hall. The board will consider adopting the city of Starkville municipal facilities master plan and moving forward with Phase 1 -- the construction of a new police station -- at its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.



Teen convicted of rape ordered to get treatment

Posted 8/2/2011 in Area

A 16-year-old boy who was recently convicted in Clay County Circuit Court of sexually assault a then-8-year-old West Point girl has "borderline intellectual function," according to a court-ordered psychoanalysis.



Southside closer to becoming a historic district

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one step closer to an ordinance protecting and defining guidelines for the Southside district.



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