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Extended school calendar program stopped due to lack of funding

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The doors closed Tuesday on the school year, as well as a pilot program that extended the school calendar at Stokes-Beard Technology and Communication and Sale International Studies elementary schools.


Aurora expansion to create 250 jobs

Posted 6/15/2011 in Business

Aurora Flight Sciences is expanding to meet the needs of an additional contract, the details of which have yet to be announced.



Columbus schools to make IB the curriculum standard

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon be one step closer to offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum for students in all grades. Columbus Middle School principal Cindy Wamble updated CMSD board members at last night's meeting, telling them that this summer, 120 sixth- through 10th-grade teachers will undergo the second phase of training for the IB Middle Years program.


Hoping for rain: Crops struggling amid dry spell

Posted 6/14/2011 in Business

Every day, local farmer Scott Enlow walks outside, looks at the sky and hopes to see a hint of gray. Some nights, he thinks he hears distant thunder, and he leaps from his bed to go outside and welcome the blessed rainfall that will nourish his crops. The rain never comes.


Police put brakes on wrecks: Officers to attend driving school

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a recent rash of wrecks and officer suspensions, the Columbus Police Department is starting up an in-house driving school.



Planning board OKs downtown church

Posted 6/14/2011 in Business

For Hope Community Church, the Columbus Planning Commission meeting Monday was an answer to prayer. "Hallelujah," Pastor Bo Jeffares said shortly after the commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve the church's controversial request to relocate to the old movie theater at 401 Main St.



Bojangles plans to move into old Taco Bell

Posted 6/14/2011 in Business

Bill Cunningham of Starkville spent 35 years as a McDonald's franchisee in the Golden Triangle area, before he decided to retire.



Election Profile: Circuit clerk

Posted 6/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you're unhappy with Oktibbeha County's current circuit clerk, you're going to have a hard time choosing who to vote for as her successor.


Missing Starkville woman: 'I left of my own accord'

Posted 6/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Columbus woman reported missing in Starkville last week called police to let them know she was OK on Monday.


Signs to honor state's notables

Posted 6/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi highways are peppered with signs honoring sports figures, civil rights figures, military heroes and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, among others. More will come this year. The 2011 Legislature authorized 21 signs to be erected along Mississippi roads to honor individuals or groups.


Columbus father charged with abuse of 18-month old

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 25-year-old Columbus man has been charged with beating his toddler so severely she had to be taken to the hospital Saturday.


Masked man robs Roy's Grocery, takes cash, store phone

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A masked man armed with a black handgun robbed Roy's Grocery on Waterworks Road Sunday evening, according to Columbus police.


Profile: Fire Battalion Chief Mark Ward proud of crew's effort in morning exercise

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For new Columbus Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Mark Ward, today was a baptism by fake fire. In his first shift as one of the three heads of the five Columbus fire stations, firefighters responded to a pipe bomb scare in the 1300 block of Fifth Street South and a large surprise training exercise just after midnight.

This is a test: Columbus rescue squad takes part in a surprise training exercise

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Inside the old Parker Furniture building in downtown Columbus, Luke Strohl leaned against an upstairs wall as Columbus firefighters crawled toward him through the blinding smoke.


Columbus woman missing since June 5, last seen in Starkville

Posted 6/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starkville Police are asking for help finding a Columbus woman missing since June 5.



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