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Lowndes County Circuit Court 3-22-11

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following sentences were handed down in the February term of the Lowndes County Circuit Court.


The earlier, the better: Bill explores age change for kindergarten students

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An extra two months can mean a lot when you're 5. Currently in Mississippi, children must be 5 by Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten in the fall. Recently passed legislation could push that date back to July 1, as early as the 2013-14 school year.


Ex-councilman says he'll take drug appeal to Supreme Court

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former city councilman Kamal Karriem, who tested positive for cocaine while on probation in 2008, plans to appeal the revocation of his probation before the state Supreme Court, he said Monday.


Building for the future: New MSU facility to nurture spinoff companies

Posted 3/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The businesses and the technology of tomorrow are both getting a new home in Starkville. Half of Mississippi's congressional delegation was in Starkville on Monday for the groundbreaking on a new 20,000-square-foot building at the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.


Oktibbeha supervisors hold off on redistricting vote

Posted 3/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A skeptical crowd was loud enough to push county redistricting back several weeks at Monday's meeting of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors.



Body exhumed in Lowndes County cold case

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost 10 years after teens stumbled across the skeleton of 19-year-old Marrio Harris in Lowndes County, investigators have exhumed his body in hopes of finding his killer.


Big Band Theory brings rich music of simpler times to Tennessee Williams celebration

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do you long for the robust sound of the old-school big band? Or perhaps you've never heard the rich textures, strong melodies and varying dynamics of a large dance or jazz band.

'A calm chaos:' Columbus native living in Tokyo recounts moments after disaster

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday before last, Mary Simmons sent her brother in Atlanta a text message from her Tokyo apartment: It said, "Big earthquake in Japan. Epicenter not Tokyo. I'm safe and warm."

Monday Profile: Weeping Willie, neighborhood poet

Posted 3/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Weeping" Willie Lang became a poet literally overnight. About 14 years ago, Lang was sleeping in his house near Helen's Kitchen, where the now out-of-work radio talk show host can usually be found drinking coffee and selling poetry.


New blues mural planned in Aberdeen

Posted 3/21/2011 in Area

ABDERDEEN -- The city of Aberdeen will dedicate a new blues mural on April 29 -- the first weekend of Pilgrimage -- as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail.



Smithville woman dies from wreck injuries

Posted 3/21/2011 in Area

A 43-year-old Smithville woman died Sunday in Tupelo, a day after she was airlifted from a one-vehicle wreck in Monroe County.



Analysis: Remapping sets tone for coming decade

Posted 3/21/2011 in State

To hear some people tell it, Mississippi's legislative redistricting process is one step toward a fiery political Apocalypse.


Longtime Columbus hotel Gilmer Inn has colorful past

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When now-and-then resident Craig Oswald looks at the Gilmer Inn, he sees a treasure trove of history and a cast of colorful characters. But that's not how the inn is seen by its neighbors.


Police: Woman charged with perjury in falsified kidnapping

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old woman was charged with perjury Thursday after she recanted claims that her ex-boyfriend had kidnapped, beaten and shot at her in late December.



Caledonia man the biggest loser for Lowndes Shrinkdown

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started with a personal goal: Get 50 pounds lighter, regain some energy. Mike Chandler, 47, never expected to win the 2011 Lowndes County Shrinkdown challenge.


Courthouse facelift in full swing

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputy clerks plug away on computers, packing small boxes in their free moments. Meanwhile, it still is a public office, with customers coming in sporadically.


City of Starkville to revive bus system

Posted 3/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mass transit, vanishing research dollars and record enrollment were all on Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum's mind Friday during his quarterly roundtable meeting on campus with Starkville and Oktibbeha government types. Members of MSU's faculty are currently working on a proposal which would return buses to the streets of Starkville for the first time in five years.



Oktibbeha leaders weigh impact of House redistricting

Posted 3/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As plans to increase the number of Mississippi House districts in Oktibbeha County from four to six make their way through the Legislature -- and possibly into court -- local leaders say they'd prefer fewer, but more won't bring the house down.



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