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Rufus Ward: The Ghosts of Black Creek

Posted 10/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Next week two events, that appear at first glance to be unrelated, intersect. There is Halloween and the Columbus Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum, whose theme is Andrew Jackson's Military Road. While it may seem strange that these two events are intertwined, the answer is simple. The oldest recorded ghost story in the area is of the haunting of the Military Road (Highway 12) crossing of Black Creek four miles north east of Columbus.


Aldermen force long-serving court clerk from her position

Posted 10/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen effectively removed Starkville Municipal Court Clerk Debra Wood from her position Thursday by unanimously asking for her resignation by 5 p.m. today.



Starkville's Unity Park unveiling delayed

Posted 10/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Saturday public unveiling for Unity Park, a set of plaques honoring key national figures that played significant roles in the civil rights movement, is now delayed until an unknown date, supervisors confirmed Thursday.



Former Greenville school chief set to be sentenced

Posted 10/25/2013 in State

Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin will be sentenced Nov. 13 for accepting bribes from the seller of a reading program.



Authorities ID suspects in Eupora officer's death

Posted 10/25/2013 in Area

A Eupora police officer who died while trying to stop a vehicle believed to have been used in a failed bank robbery has been identified.


Area arrests 10-25-13

Posted 10/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and the Columbus Police Department:

Old Omnova site adding new tenants

Posted 10/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In July, Stuart Millner bought the 700,000 square foot structure that once housed Omnova Solutions Inc. in east Columbus.


Coaches Cup soccer tourney begins in Columbus this weekend

Posted 10/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hundreds of soccer players will descend on the Columbus Soccer Complex this weekend for the 2013 Coaches Cup Tournament.


Councilman Turner taken to court 3 times in 2 months

Posted 10/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilman Marty Turner was supposed to be in court Thursday. He did not show up.


Starkville police warning residents about utility scam

Posted 10/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department issued a general warning this week asking residents to be aware of scam artists calling homes and businesses while posing as utility companies.


More victims of online abuse reach out to parents

Posted 10/24/2013 in National

Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: "I hate Sarah Ball, and I don't care who knows."


MUW Welty Symposium kicks off tonight

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Author Ellen Gilchrist will do a series of readings tonight at Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. In addition to reading from her own novels, Gilchrist, a former student of Eudora Welty's, will read Welty's works as well.



Officials warn farmers of lawsuit scam

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Attorney General's office and the Better Business Bureau are warning people of a potential scam involving the Black Farmers & Agriculturalist Association.


CMSD names McGill as interim schools superintendent

Posted 10/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District named Edna McGill interim superintendent, effective Friday, but not without some heated debate that introduced the subject of race. McGill had acted as the district's temporary interim superintendent since June, when former superintendent Martha Liddell was removed from the post after it was revealed that she used district funds to pay for a private party and had continued to do consulting work in violation of her contract.

Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting at undercover narcotics officer

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after he allegedly shot at law enforcement agents two weeks ago. Desmond Lavonte Young, 23, of 247 William Roberts Road, Apt. 593, was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer for his alleged role in an incident that occurred during an undercover operation on Oct. 8.

Area arrests 10-23-13

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's and Columbus Police Department.

Bryant orders Blue Cross to take back 10 hospitals

Posted 10/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate all 10 hospitals that it kicked out of its network.


Sources say Starkville special meeting will address investigation

Posted 10/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A special-call Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday is linked to an internal city investigation, sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday.


Dispute emerges over local merger funding avenues

Posted 10/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A rift that has simmered through at least two meetings over consolidation finances emerged Tuesday when committee members Lewis Holloway and Orlando Trainer verbally sparred over how to fund county renovations and the future of joint Starkville-Oktibbeha school tax rates.


Caledonia to interview 7 for top water job

Posted 10/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman is planning on retiring early next year and the Board Of Aldermen is taking steps to find his replacement.



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