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Starkville man arrested with stolen gun

An 18-year-old Starkville man was arrested Monday for possession of a firearm stolen during a burglary.

Non-profit offers testing incentive to West Oktibbeha students

A Maylong e-reader and tablet computer are on the line for the West Oktibbeha Elementary third-through-sixth graders who earns the high score on upcoming Mississippi Curriculum Tests.


Storms dump rain on Miss.; flooding main concern

Posted 3/9/2011 in State

A heavy storm system dumped five to seven inches of rain in areas of Mississippi, leaving officials concerned about flash flooding.



CVB seeks second opinion on new tourism building

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau voted in executive session Monday to seek a second opinion about the value of its new downtown office building.


Rough-draft redistricting plan riles Lowndes board member

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors had their first redistricting meeting Monday, and one board member already is threatening litigation.

CMS Cindy Wamble named Administrator of the Year

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From packing up and moving to a new building to adding 320 students to her charge, it's been a whirlwind school year for Cindy Wamble.


Panel unveils Mississippi Senate redistricting proposal

Posted 3/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A proposal to redraw the 52 Mississippi Senate districts quickly gained some support when released on Monday, but politics at the Capitol could derail it with the lieutenant governor saying he plans to produce his own revamped map.



Starkville school board to discuss bond issue money

Starkville school officials are in the enviable position of having more than $3.5 million of school bond issue money to use by September or lose.



Oktibbeha County road manager eyes bridge repairs

Now is the time to fix several ailing bridges according, to Oktibbeha County's road manager. Victor Collins informed the Board of Supervisors Monday that 10-15 county bridges are in need of repair while the weather is dry.



Oktibbeha Sheriff's Office seeks permission for gun trade

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is upgrading its firepower. The department recently netted 23 new fourth-generation .40-caliber Glock pistols without spending a dime by trading 23 first-generation Glock service pistols along with 36 seized guns to Gold N Gun of Grenada.



Woman's car fished out of pond

A woman and her car wound up in 10 feet of water Saturday morning after she lost control of the vehicle.


Monday Profile: A true free spirit, handy with an ax

Posted 3/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Elizabeth Usborne isn't like most girls you meet in the South. The 27-year-old Chicago native may appear to be a normal graduate student at Mississippi State University, studying biogeochemistry; and if you throw in her favorite hobby of playing roller derby, and see her on her motorcycle, some people might wonder if she's just a little different ... but you have no idea.

Starkville infant undergoes rare heart surgery in Jackson

Cayson Sanderford of Starkville is recovering well after undergoing one of the most complicated congenital heart surgeries for an infant at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Houston company completes Cadence Bank deal

Posted 3/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Houston company that invests in community banks has completed its $30 million buyout of Starkville-based Cadence Financial Corp. and invested $144 million in Cadence Bank, the companies said today.



Supervisors to appoint temporary judge

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors Monday will discuss appointing a judge in place of District 2 Justice Court Judge Mike Arledge, who resigned to run for county sheriff.


Tourism's Empty Room: Snag over payment keeping Columbus visitors bureau out of new office

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau employees are working out of boxes. The three full-time and three part-time workers had already packed, ready to move into their new offices weeks ago, when plans hit a snag. The city and county boards that govern the CVB are seeking a state attorney general's opinion on whether or not they, legally, can approve the $734,881 price tag, since it is more than $100,000 higher than the appraised value.


Starkville officials lobby in Washington

Starkville's mayor and electric department head spent the first half of the week in Washington trying to keep power rates down.



Suspended Columbus police officers file appeals

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus police officers filed appeals with the Civil Service Commission last week to overturn their recent suspensions by the City Council.



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