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McGill's extension put on hold in wake of contract squabble

Posted 9/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Temporary interim superintendent Edna McGill will continue leading the city school system through the end of next month, despite not receiving a pay raise she asked for. Confusion and tension reigned at a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board Thursday morning.


Bids for Yokohama water, sewer expansion opened

Posted 9/27/2013 in Area

Sealed bids for water and sewer system expansions on East Hazelwood Road in Clay County where Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi is locating its plant were opened during Wednesday's West Point Board of Selectmen meeting.



KiOR to build second biorefinery

Posted 9/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR announced Wednesday that it is building a second biorefinery in Columbus but the Texas-based alternative fuel company says it's too early to speculate on how many jobs will be at what is being called "Columbus II."


Liddell's termination hearing pushed back

Posted 9/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The termination hearing for former Columbus Municipal School District superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has been continued. The hearing was scheduled for Monday but Liddell requested a 45-day continuance earlier this week.


Hattiesburg counting devolves to bickering

Posted 9/27/2013 in State



Man in ricin letters case sues suspect

Posted 9/27/2013 in State



Starkville to host historic marker unveiling Saturday

Posted 9/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County


Fire station park improvements soon moving forward

Posted 9/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Main Street Association will soon bid out the first phase of its Starkville Fire Station No. 1 improvement project, a plan which includes infrastructure and accessibility upgrades near the intersection of Lampkin and Montgomery streets, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory confirmed Thursday.


Chile shuts luxury jail for dictatorship criminals

Posted 9/27/2013 in National

Chile's president announced Thursday that he will close a luxury prison for dictatorship-era military officials convicted of crimes against humanity, taking away their tennis courts, barbecues and a pool.



Obama mocks GOP for 'crazy' Obamacare predictions

Posted 9/27/2013 in National



Official sidesteps questions on cellphone locations

Posted 9/27/2013 in National



Colo. farmers arrested in fatal listeria outbreak

Posted 9/27/2013 in National



KiOR plans Columbus expansion

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Texas-based KiOR Inc. has announced that it doubled the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus.


Tombigbee bridge to open next month

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official. The city will cut the ribbon on the Old Tombigbee River Bridge on Old Highway 82 at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18. The city issued a press release Wednesday verifying the pedestrian walkway would be ready in time for the BBQ & Blues Festival scheduled to begin an hour after the ceremony.

CPD names Carleton as new assistant chief

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has a new Assistant Chief of Police. Tony Carleton was hired by a unanimous vote Wednesday afternoon during a specially called meeting of the city council. Carleton will begin at the department on Nov. 1, earning a salary of $65,000 pending approval by the civil service commission.

Lowndes unemployment hovers at 9.5 percent

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's unemployment rate in August was 9.3 percent -- two tenths of a point up from August 2012, but the second lowest monthly showing in 2013 overall. That percentage represents an estimated 2,530 people actively looking for a job, according to statistics from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


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