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Brooksville searching for new police chief

Posted 6/16/2011 in Area

BROOKSVILLE -- The hunt is on for the new Brooksville police chief. The small, Noxubee County town of about 1,220 people has been without a chief since the former head of its six-officer department, Tina Williams, left for another job months ago.



Mugshots' liquor license suspended for selling to minors

Posted 6/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mugshots Grill and Bar's hard liquor license has been suspended through June 20.


$40K bond set for father accused of beating toddler

Posted 6/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set at $40,000 for the 25-year-old man accused of breaking his 18-month-old daughter's leg while spanking her Friday.


County approves $250K for Severstal campus

Posted 6/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In addition to financially supporting Aurora Flight Science's expansion -- which will create of 250 new aerospace jobs -- the county supervisors Wednesday approved a loan in behalf of Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel to continue infrastructure improvements in the county's industrial park.



Caledonia votes to make water system improvements

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen continued making improvements to the town's water system Tuesday night, voting in a special meeting to accept the lowest quote for water pipe extensions on Seed Tick and Stanley Roads. The work will be performed by Knight Labor at a cost of $14,217.



Crawford receives grant to rebuild homes

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CRAWFORD -- The town of Crawford recently was awarded a $293,350 grant to rebuild four homes along Lodge and Flower streets.



Juneteenth celebration set for this weekend

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is gearing up this week for the 16th annual Juneteenth celebration, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Sim Scott Park.



West Point predicts surplus in 2012 budget

Posted 6/15/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- West Point's city board unanimously approved its 2012 budget Tuesday with a fraction of last year's drama.



Election Profile: Coroner

Posted 6/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Candidates for Oktibbeha County coroner will have a few additional months to campaign thanks to a first-round bye.


Mary Holmes gets new lease on life

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WEST POINT -- Just a year ago, Mary Holmes College was crumbling. Vines crept over decaying buildings. Doors, sleepy from lack of use, were slow to open.

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.



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