It's Friday afternoon, and the Columbus fairgrounds are both an oasis of calm and a teeming mélange of life. If this was an ordinary year, Bob Burns would be at the center of it all, just as he was for the past 60 years before his death Sept. 8 at the age of 87.
It was fall 1997, and the situation was unlike any the Lowndes County School District had ever faced. Halfway through his second term, Superintendent Tommy Smith disappeared. He stopped attending meetings, stopped returning phone calls and left the state.
Columbus Police spent Saturday morning scouring the banks of Luxapalila Creek, gathering evidence on the apparent homicide of a 34-year-old Columbus man.
STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors avoided raising taxes and cutting services for the 2011-12 fiscal year budget, which it adopted Thursday at a special called meeting.
The Artesia Public Library, Caledonia Public Library and Crawford Public Library, all branches of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, recently received more than 80 books each from the Libri Foundation.
STARKVILLE -- Not too long ago, an animal control officer was simply "the dog catcher." Equipped with a net attached to a pole and a pickup truck outfitted with kennels, the dog catcher fetched the rabid dogs from the neighborhood and kept everyone safe.
STARKVILLE -- Nestled between a law office and boutique on a one-way street, 9-year-old Ashley Sharp enters a martial arts dojo.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Police are looking for two men involved in an attempted home burglary and high-speed vehicle chase Thursday night.
According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Wright, three juveniles were taken into custody in connection to the two bomb threats at local schools.
Concert venues can vary between hole-in-the-wall bars to 70,000-seat stadiums. But there's one that brings out the best in country music singer Brinley Addington.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, spoke at Severstal Thursday as part of his Jobs Tour, a multi-city jaunt which has led him from furniture factories to solar panel plants to chemical companies across the state.
In the words of Ward 4 City Councilman Fred Stewart, you never had a dull day with William "Billy" James. "He was a friendly, funny guy. He kept you laughing," Stewart said.
When Perneatha Evans moved back to the Golden Triangle from Las Vegas, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the community. What better way to do that than to volunteer with the American Red Cross, she thought.
The Hatch Act is rearing its head again the Lowndes County sheriff's election, as officials question whether or not Anthony Nelson is eligible to run under the stipulations of the federal law. Democratic sheriff candidate Selvain McQueen withdrew from the election when the Hatch Act Unit began investigating allegations he might have been in violation of the law.
Residents of Lowndes County who live outside of municipality limits will not see a tax increase this-coming fiscal year.
Schools across the state received their "report cards" from the Mississippi Department of Education today, and the accountability rankings indicate that while there were some gains, the Columbus Municipal School District continues to struggle, failing to meet academic growth standards for the second year in a row.
For the second day in a row, local law enforcement and bomb-sniffing canine units were dispatched to a local school after a bomb threat. Shortly before 8 a.m., Columbus Middle School was placed on alert.
One of the towers at the Lowndes County Courthouse may be taken down. The E911 board of commissioners met Tuesday and discussed ways to keep lightning from striking towers at the courthouse and disrupting the Columbus-Lowndes County E911 emergency computer system.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:
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