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GoPlay initiative earns national recognition

The National School Public Relations Association has recognized the Starkville School District and GoPlay with a 2011 Golden Achievement Award.



Oktibbeha schools approve budget for special education

Oktibbeha County school officials approved the special education budget for the coming year in a short meeting where they handled some year-end matters.



Arrest Report 7-7-11

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



Recent storms highlight need for more precautions

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recent storms have Lowndes County supervisors looking closer at safety concerns. Supervisors are considering the addition of a storm shelter at each of the Road Department's five satellite barns and its central maintenance office, to protect the department's 60 workers in the event of severe weather.



Work continues on steel project, Stark in industrial park

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work continues on the North Steel Development, near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The project, which will support New Process Steel and Mississippi Steel Processing, includes adding rail, water and sewer service, as well as an airport access road.


Second victim of early morning fire dies in Lowndes County

Posted 7/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 13-year-old boy died and his grandmother was on the verge of death this morning after their Lowndes County house caught fire.

Washington man faces charges for Caledonia child-pornography case

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 58-year-old Renton, Wash., man accused of convincing a Caledonia woman to send him pornographic photographs of her two young sons has turned himself in to local deputies.


Two Starkville men arrested for burglary in separate cases

The Starkville Police Department arrested a pair of individuals Sunday in separate burglary cases. At approximately 2:30 p.m., officers arrested Willie James Young, 48, of 903 1/2 Louisville St., Yellow Jacket Trailer Park Lot 3, for three auto burglaries committed at Peter's Rock Church at 223 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.


Court retires MSU linebacker's domestic-dispute charge

Reports recently came to light of Mississippi State University linebacker Deontae Skinner's June 5 arrest on simple domestic assault charges.


Starkville to handle budget, municipal complex issues before redistricting

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will deal with redistricting, but not until a couple more pressing matters are addressed.



Election Profiles: Justice Court Judge

The biggest issue in the race for District 3 Justice Court Judge may be that there are no issues. The candidates don't have anything against one another, and all have faced off before. Each simply believes he can do a better job than the others.



Therapy dog approved for Sudduth

STARKVILLE -- Tuesday night, the Starkville school board approved the use of a dog at Sudduth Elementary for pet therapy. Sudduth Principal Lisa Thompson bought the dog, a Bichon Frise named BJ, that will be trained and evaluated for temperament and safety.



City plans to annex 1,462 people, 638 homes

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aiming at nearly $278,000 in taxes, the City Council took its first formal step Tuesday to annex an estimated 44 businesses and 1,462 residents.



Caledonia to see water-rate hike

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Caledonia residents will see a water-rate increase possibly as soon as August if the Public Service Commission approves a petition Mayor George Gerhart signed during Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Columbus woman makes bond after stabbing boyfriend with steak knife

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a steak knife during an argument over shoes Tuesday is out on $2,500 bond today.



Lowndes supes consider demolishing Oakdale Park house after years of neglect

Posted 7/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was obvious Tuesday morning just how tired the Lowndes County supervisors are of dealing with a man his neighbors previously dubbed "the bird man."


Woman stabs boyfriend with steak knife

Posted 7/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old woman was charged with stabbing her boyfriend in the head with a steak knife during an argument over shoes early today.


Two Lowndes men rescue victim from burning car

Posted 7/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Lowndes County men pulled a man from a burning car and became hometown heroes Sunday. Mickey Brislin was driving home on Matson Road Sunday evening when he saw victim Gregory Gabrielle pinned under a car with its engine on fire.



DUI arrests this holiday weekend top 2010 total

Posted 7/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 200 people were arrested for DUIs in Mississippi over Independence Day weekend -- 44 more than in 2010 -- according to the state Highway Patrol.



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