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Pilot program rewards teachers' successes

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do incentives like increased pay make for more effective teachers? That's the question the state of Mississippi wants to answer by 2015. And Columbus Municipal School District is one of eight districts in the state chosen to pilot a teacher-incentives program.

 

 

Prentiss County voters defeat alcohol sales

Posted 12/15/2010 in Area

Prentiss County voters soundly rejected an effort to legalize alcohol sales in the county with about 63 percent of voters against coming out from under Mississippi dry laws.

 

 

Starkville men among dead in weather-related accidents

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people, including two men from Starkville, were killed on icy highways in north Mississippi as cold weather caused slick roads and bridges this morning.

 

 

Mississippi State student dies after fall at party

Posted 12/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student who fell down a flight of stairs late last week at a party in the Cotton District died Monday night in Tupelo.

 

 

Columbus tourism director Tsismanakis stepping down

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis announced Monday that he has accepted a position at the DeKalb County, Ga., CVB.

 

 

Vandals smash windows of Columbus businesses

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The windows of three cabs and two businesses in the 1700 block of Eighth Avenue South were shattered over the weekend by a vandal or vandals, according to Columbus police.

 

 

Planning Commission lifts moratorium on electronic signs in Columbus

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning and Zoning Commission lifted its imposed moratorium on electronic signs Monday.

 

New Columbus Middle School opening delayed

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Columbus Middle School is on schedule for completion before students return from Christmas break. But the state-of-the art, technology-savvy building won't open for business until Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Columbus swears in new city judges

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus welcomed its newest Municipal Court judges to the bench Monday.

Still no cause in Oktibbeha County fire that killed volunteer

Posted 12/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Just off Maben-Sturgis Road in western Oktibbeha County, the charred remains of a mobile home sat at the end of a long, gravel driveway Monday morning, four days after fire tore through the structure and killed 51-year-old Donna Barmore.

Lowndes library trailblazer Bateman dies at 83

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chebie Ann Gaines Bateman, who oversaw the transformation of the Lowndes County Public Library into a civic centerpiece, died Dec. 10 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was 83.

Police: Columbus woman threatens to kill ex-boyfriend, his new girlfriend

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 23-year-old woman broke into the house of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend while the couple was asleep Sunday morning and threatened to kill them with a knife, according to police.

 

Frigid weather settles in to area, state

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With frigid temperatures across Mississippi, Columbus and other communities are opening shelters and people are being told to keep an eye on their pets and elderly neighbors.

 

Fighting spirit: Columbus 12-year-old battles bone cancer

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 9, the world changed for 12-year-old Jeffrey Amos. He was diagnosed with bone cancer. Tired but still cheerful, Jeffrey sat in his room at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and reminisced about school.

 

Taking candy from a baby: Exercise shows Columbus residents leave themselves vulnerable to crime

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Living in a town the size of Columbus can be relaxing -- maybe too relaxing, according to Columbus Police Explorers.

 

 

Starkville birdwatchers receive top honor

Posted 12/11/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A group of local birdwatchers recently helped bring some acclaim to the state of Mississippi. Oktibbeha Audubon Society members Terry Schiefer, of Starkville, and Jim and Dianne Patterson, of Columbus, were on a birdwatching team dubbed "The Mississippi Team" this fall in Audubon Alaska's first-ever Arctic Refuge Fall Migration Birding Challenge.

 

 

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