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State coroner IDs body of woman found in Oktibbeha County

Posted 9/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office has positively identified the body of a woman found off County Lake Road on Sept. 4 as Virginia T. Hood, 45, of Hattiesburg. Dental records helped the state medical examiner identify Hood, according to an OCSO press release. No cause of death has been determined, as the state medical examiner awaits toxicology results.

 

 

Meetings to inform residents of crime-prevention strategies

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Throughout the next few weeks, Columbus residents will get the chance to offer suggestions and opinions about local law enforcement.

 

Columbus native gives back with character-building workshops

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The arrest reports are dotted with names of people who made poor choices. Increasingly, many of the perpetrators, as well as the victims, are young people. It's an issue that has troubled Columbus native Kanesha Brown McCollum for a while, and eventually, the 1995 New Hope High School graduate decided she had to do something about it.

Church's plans for downtown theater on hold

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church received the go-ahead in June to relocate to the old Varsity Twin Theater in downtown Columbus, but it may be a while before the church -- and the coffee shop they planned to operate -- becomes reality.

 

Starkville aldermen debate in-kind services for events

Posted 9/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, the board approved funding in-kind services for Downtown Block Party, Pumpkinpalooza and Bulldog Bash.

 

 

LCSO deputies respond to fights in Artesia

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as an argument between two women ended with numerous fist fights in the middle of Front Street in Artesia and two men arrested.

 

 

Columbus hires company to collect fines on outstanding warrants

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to enter into an agreement with American Municipal Services, a Texas-based company, to collect money on outstanding warrants.

 

Citizens question cost effectiveness, location of planned new municipal facilities

Posted 9/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- If citizens were in the dark about the police department bond issue, their questions were answered Monday night.

 

Cadence Bank gives $60,000 to Lowndes Habitat for Humanity

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Bank has announced it is investing $60,000 during the next three years in Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity. Cadence Bank will contribute $20,000 per year to help eliminate poverty housing in Lowndes County.

 

 

Columbus Y to host health fair

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Battling childhood obesity and diabetes starts with education, according to the Y. And the Y is trying to educate the public to reduce those rates locally.

 

 

Airport celebrates 40 years; passenger volume up

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. On hand to celebrate the landmark was previous Executive Director Nick Ardillo, who helped current Executive Director Mike Hainsey give out cake to commemorate the event.

 

Police chief pool narrowed to 25 applicants

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only 25 names remain in the running for the Columbus police chief position. After receiving 82 applications, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong and Human Resources Director Pat Mitchell spent Thursday afternoon dwindling the pool to 25 qualified applicants.

 

McQueen would have violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel says

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, there is a good chance Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen would have been in violation of the Hatch Act had he stayed in the Lowndes County sheriff's race.

 

 

No suspects in weekend homicides

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was found dead at the 300 block of Eighth Street North early Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

 

 

Man arrested in knife assault

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested Leonard Benard Cureton, 46, of 313 1/2 13th Ave. S. in Columbus, Monday for allegedly attacking a man with a knife Friday night at M and M Grocery.

 

 

Miss. budget hearings on tap this week in Jackson

Posted 9/19/2011 in State

Top lawmakers meet this week to start planning how Mississippi will spend tax dollars during the budget year that begins next July 1.

 

 

Woman robbed near spot of attempted sexual assault

Posted 9/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE - Starkville Police are investigating a Sunday morning robbery of a 21-year-old woman.

 

 

Columbus police investigating second possible homicide

Posted 9/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man was found dead at the 300 block of Eighth Street North in Columbus early Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gun shots.

 

 

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