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Columbus police focus on community rapport

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Monday had been a typical work day, Columbus Police Officer Terrie Songer would have been juggling her cellphone and office phone, firing off emails and fielding questions from the media about a Sunday afternoon shooting on Fifth Street South.



After a year, MUW president search kicks into gear

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president continues, with a series of public-input sessions scheduled on campus next Thursday.



Circuit court officials work to make case processing more efficient

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ladies at the Lowndes County circuit clerk's office haven't had much of a break -- finalizing results from the Aug. 2 primaries and now gearing up for next Tuesday's runoff elections.



Mother: Smoke detector saved family's life

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said Monday evening that she is thankful for the smoke alarm she believes saved her family's lives Sunday morning when a fire ripped through their home at 219 20th St. N.


People helping people: Elementary schools take mission of volunteerism global

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kathy Cadden has made helping others the focus of her life, but Monday, when she found herself in a bit of need, she knew exactly where to go -- Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School.


Citizens get to weigh in on Starkville budget

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Citizens of Starkville will have their final chance to voice their opinion on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget during today's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Pit-bull attack injures two children

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead. Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.



Three additional suspects arrested in Sunday shooting

Posted 8/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four men are in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Fifth Street South.



Tainted beef leads to grocery recalls

Posted 8/15/2011 in State

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced beef recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.


Blues Trail? There's an app for that

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Blues Trail mobile app is now available for download from the iTunes® store. The free app, currently available only for iPhones, has a variety of features to allow users to navigate the trail and create customized itineraries to explore Mississippi's musical heritage.

A feel-good place: Good Samaritan Clinic celebrates 10 years

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"It was his idea," Dr. James Woodard smiled, gesturing toward his cohort, Dr. Alan Williams, sitting only a few feet away. "I just jumped on his back and have been riding it ever since. He was the main guy; I was the cheerleader."


Dermatology office opening in Columbus

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Internet war of words breaks out in Miss. killing

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities call it a hate crime by two white teens against a middle-aged black man, "murder by physically assaulting and purposefully using a 1998 Ford F-250 to run over James Craig Anderson."


Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.


Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.



Stolen phone's GPS leads police to suspect in string of auto burglaries

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspected auto burglar received an unpleasant surprise Saturday afternoon: Among the plunder police say he stole from more than 25 vehicles in Steens was a cell phone -- a cell phone with a GPS tracking device that led Lowndes County sheriff's deputies straight to him.


As football season gets closer, MSU band members hone their skills at camp

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.

Profile: Tim Brinkley to split time as pastor and West Point police chief

Posted 8/13/2011 in State

WEST POINT -- For Tim Brinkley, accepting the job as West Point's police chief made sense on many levels. The law enforcement veteran spent 26 years working for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, but during that span his home has been in Clay County.

Photographer Jane Robbins Kerr's personal philosophy reflected in RAC exhibit

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Robbins Kerr was not dressed in scarlet when she flitted into Columbus Thursday afternoon, and heat rose from Main Street's sidewalks with such unrelenting ferocity that one wonders if the dog days of summer will ever end.


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