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Pat Kight: The people were my inspiration

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Pat Kight has always enjoyed crunching numbers, assessing property and collecting taxes. As Oktibbeha County's tax assessor/collector since 1992 and former north supervisor in the Mississippi Tax Commission, the technical aspects of the job were enough to see Kight stay in the field more than 30 years.



McGinnis reflects on time as circuit clerk

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For the first two weeks of Angie McGinnis' 16-year term as Oktibbeha County circuit clerk, she walked around the courthouse in a daze. In a small, two-room, one-vault office, everything that was thrown at McGinnis made her question if she'd ever catch up. Even after spending four years as deputy clerk, she was overwhelmed.


Bryan: I've served the people of Oktibbeha County well

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Around Dolph Bryan's office, there are patches of painted cinder block, almost forming their own design to compliment the remaining plaques and pictures from 36 years as Oktibbeha County sheriff. Bit by bit, Bryan is packing up and making way for a new sheriff -- either Steve Gladney or Rudy Johnson -- following Tuesday's election.


Kight: Residents could bear brunt of county turnover

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Outgoing Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor/Collector Pat Kight calls Tuesday's election "pivotal" for county residents. That's not to take anything away from previous elections where important offices were up for grabs, but after Tuesday the county will lose 70 years of combined service in three of its most important offices. Sheriff Dolph Bryan was eliminated in the runoff election, while Kight and Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis aren't seeking re-election.


Operation Christmas Child hopes to eclipse 20,000 gift boxes

Posted 11/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each year, thousands of people from the Golden Triangle pack an assortment of items -- some necessities and school supplies, some gifts -- into shoe boxes to be shipped to needy kids around the world.

Highway 45 wreck sends woman to hospital

Posted 11/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-vehicle wreck on Highway 45 North Friday evening resulted in one person being transported to the hospital.


Race for new sheriff costliest in Oktibbeha County

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sometimes, the man who spends the most isn't the man who wins, and that's certainly proven to be the case in Oktibbeha County's most expensive and closely-watched race, which will see a new sheriff in town for the first time in 35 years.


More money, more votes?

Posted 11/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Campaign finances: Spending outpaces contributions by $30,000 in Lowndes County races

Noxubee County's shining star

Posted 11/6/2011 in Area

MACON -- If the amount of people who attended Saturday's funeral service is any indication, then O'Bryan Lashan Brandy had a heart the size of Noxubee County.


Voters have tough choices on initiatives

Posted 11/6/2011 in Area

Mississippi voters face three ballot initiatives in Tuesday's election, with the most controversial and hotly-contested being Initiative 26, also known as the "Personhood Initiative."



Columbus police investigate stabbing

Posted 11/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to police, a woman was stabbed Friday night in South Columbus.


Best smelling crook in town: Man steals $1,000 worth of cologne

Posted 11/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police are looking for a man who shoplifted $1,000 of cologne and two TV monitors from Walmart.


Change smoke detector batteries along with your clocks tonight

Posted 11/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As residents prepare to turn back the clocks Sunday, Columbus Fire and Rescue wants to remind residents to make another change that could save lives.



Gregory sentenced in fatal accident

Posted 11/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Eric Gregory received five years probation and an $800 fine Friday for his role in a 2008 fatal accident that killed two people and seriously injured another.



Oktibbeha County man dies from stab wound to neck

Posted 11/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing death of a 62-year-old man.


Oktibbeha County arrest reports

Posted 11/4/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges in Oktibbeha County on Oct. 24-Oct. 30.


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