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Municipal complex committee ready to make final recommendations

The end is near for the city's municipal complex building committee. The nine-member citizen committee has been meeting every two weeks or so for the past six months working to solve the conundrum of Starkville's need for a new building to house administrators, police or both.



Murder charge dropped in Clay County case

Posted 4/1/2011 in Area

A judge has dismissed a murder count filed against Robert Rupert in the 1994 death of Carlos Carr.



Marsha Barbour: Thought of presidential race 'horrifies me'

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's wife says the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."



10-year-old girl dies in Bolivar County school bus crash

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Fog may have been a factor when a school bus and a tractor-trailer collided on a rural Mississippi highway Friday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.


United Way celebrates Lowndes fundraisers, volunteers

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As William Corder passed the torch to a new United Way of Lowndes County president Thursday, he reminded contributors how far-reaching their gifts are.

Charrette planners: Oxford's loss is Starkville's gain

Starkville is "Mississippi's college town." That was the identity and marketing strategy put forth by the visiting Mississippi Main Street Association charrette team Thursday at the end of the charrette's final presentation.

Commander who inherited notorious Iraq prison recounts cleanup

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Col. Robert Thomas arrived at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, he said it was like stepping into a scene from the war movie "Apocalypse Now."


New appraisal paves way for tourism board to buy office space

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau has received a second appraisal for its new downtown office building, paving the way for city and county approval.


Man hit, dragged under car after crashing motorcycle

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a wreck Thursday when he was accidentally run over and dragged down Main Street.

Delta retires turboprops, ending era at GTRA

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The last Saab 340 flew gently into that sweet good night Thursday at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, marking the final flight before retirement for the propeller-driven airliner.


Columbus man arrested after early morning police chase

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 22-year-old man was arrested early today after he wrecked his car while trying to outrun a Columbus police officer.



Legislature extends session to pass budget

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to begin passing a nearly $5.5 billion plan to pay for public schools, colleges, mental health services and other state programs during the next fiscal year.



Barbour: No pardon for Scott sisters

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press he doesn't plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other.



Ownership of military housing units changes hands

Posted 3/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A total of over 8,000 homes on military installations around the U.S., including on Columbus Air Force Base, have changed owners.



Barbour pushes for civil rights museum funding

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is pressing lawmakers to resolve funding for a Mississippi civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum, saying he wants both to be open in downtown Jackson when the state marks its bicentennial in 2017.



Clay officials toss candidates from ballot

Posted 3/31/2011 in Area

Several changes have shaken up the candidate picture for Clay County elections. Would-be chancery clerk candidate Harold Lathon remains disqualified from running after meeting with the Clay County Democratic Executive Committee, and two of three candidates from the Collins family were also removed from the list of qualifiers.



Embattled Lathon compares himself to King, Mandela

Posted 3/31/2011 in Area

Harold Lathon believes he's more than just a character to the voters of West Point and Clay County.



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