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Columbus starts crime alert system for local businesses

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thanks to the Columbus Police Department, local businesses now can be a step ahead of area crime. The CPD released a statement Wednesday announcing the beginning of the Columbus Business Alert initiative, an effort to inform local businesses of crime information as it is happening.



Community invited to weigh in on criteria for schools' next leader

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the search continues for a new superintendent to head the Columbus Municipal School District, the board of trustees -- along with the Mississippi School Boards Association -- is seeking community input on the qualities and characteristics the next leader should possess.



Caledonia principal withdraws from election

Posted 9/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The field got slightly narrower for candidates in the race for Lowndes County superintendent of education. Roger Hill, who was running as an independent, Thursday withdrew his candidacy.


Morgans weigh legal options after cycling accident

STARKVILLE -- David Morgan struggles to accept the circumstances of his wife's cycling accident. The Morgans feel Cedar Bluff woman Robbie Norton, who hit Jan Morgan with her car while Morgan and a friend were cycling in Clay County on May 22, broke the law but hasn't been punished.


Local farmers fare well through summer

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.



Citizens at public hearing: Involve entire community in grant discussions

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citizens want to involve the entire community in deciding which city properties will be considered for a redevelopment assessment grant. It was the first public meeting concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grant the city plans to apply for.


Two events to honor Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.


CAFB raises security-alert status

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.



Arrest Report 9-8-11

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:



Starkville recognized for its play opportunities

Starkville's commitment to improving the quality and quantity of play access for children paid off Monday with the city's selection as one of 151 "Playful City USA" Communities.



Police department adds three new officers

The Starkville Police Department Tuesday took its first step in rebuilding its force following the loss of seven officers this year.



Oktibbeha County avoids garbage-rate increase

Garbage pickup rates won't increase for Oktibbeha County residents, at least for the near future. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to allow President Marvell Howard to execute the renewal of the county's sanitation contract with Golden Triangle Service District Cooperative.



Starkville schools add doctorate to list of superintendent requirements

The search for a new Starkville School District superintendent begins Monday. SSD officials Tuesday finalized the criteria for the job announcement and accompanying brochure, taking into consideration recommendations from stakeholder and community meetings conducted by the Mississippi School Boards Association, which is contracted by the SSD to conduct the search.



Equipment, pickup truck stolen from Smith Landscaping

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a grand larceny of Smith Landscaping property that occurred in the 400 block of Seventh Avenue North Tuesday morning.



Caledonia employees get raises; water-rate increase rescinded

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- A handful of department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.



Man found guilty of child exploitation, will serve at least 10 years

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A jury found a Columbus man guilty of one of three charges of sex crimes, in Lowndes County Circuit Court last week. Tommie Harris, 31, will serve at least 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.



Brooks calls for openness in budget process

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Lowndes County officials continue to hash out a $38.27 million budget, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks called for a public workshop prior to the board's next meeting, Sept. 15. By state law, the supervisors must adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, by Sept. 15.



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