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Stalled hotel project set to resume

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Continuation of a new hotel development is on the horizon for Columbus. The neon green wrapped structure on Highway 45 next to Belk has sat dormant for months; however, Sunny Sethi, an owner of the property, said major changes are in store for the hotel and that construction of the project will soon resume.


Group seeks to improve city, one tweet at a time

Posted 2/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's sidewalks and paths were a hot topic, as was the debate between local shopping and chain retailers.


FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP: Local inventor, businessman plans movie based on his life

Posted 2/25/2012 in Area

STARKVILLE -- Starkville inventor and businessman John Campbell's trajectory from poverty to successful entrepreneur wasn't easy, but with imagination, hard work and a little common sense, he made it to the top. He's an inventor, with Shaver's Choice skin therapy system and Ram-Lock protection systems to his credit. He's a businessman, as founder of Yo' Transportation, a car service for Medicaid and Medicare recipients. Now, he's looking ahead to his latest endeavor: A movie based upon his life.


Thieves take electronics, jewelry from Ponderosa Drive home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are searching for suspects involved in a home burglary Friday off Highway 69. The Columbus Police Department responded to 367 Ponderosa Drive at 1:37 p.m, where the homeowners reported a bevy of electronics and jewelry stolen from their residence.



Tuskegee Airmen exhibit to highlight Catfish in the Alley

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the sight of 18-wheelers rumbling down Highways 82 or 45 isn't unusual, seldom do the big rigs roll into downtown Columbus. But from Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 29 to March 3, one uniquely customized semitrailer will be the center of attention at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site at Second Avenue and Second Street North.


Harvey working to make pine car derby a staple

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You usually don't associate church with competing in a pine car derby, but those two things are exactly what John Harvey, youth minister of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Columbus, has combined. Harvey, along with his wife, Raeann, and children, Michael, Emerald, Gabriel and Pricila, moved from Colorado to Columbus in August. Harvey has since started work on the first annual pine car derby through Lighthouse.

City to decide next path for bridge restoration

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials opened sealed bids Thursday for the old Highway 82 bridge restoration, but now they face a quandary: Adjust their budget, alter the plans or re-bid the project. Two companies placed bids, with both exceeding the budgeted cost of $2.2 million.

Early morning kitchen blaze guts Columbus home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was displaced Saturday after fire and smoke gutted his home, though it's unclear what started the blaze. At 1:15 a.m., three engine companies responded to the home of Jeffrey Talley at 1411 22nd Street North for a structure fire. Firefighters took a little over two hours to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured, according to a Columbus Fire Department report.


Man arrested for string of auto burglaries

Posted 2/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville police Thursday arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with five auto burglaries near Lynn Lane. Joshua Michael Moore, of 205 Lynn Lane Apt. 2B, confessed to the burglaries after officers from the Starkville Police Department responded Thursday to Camden Place off Louisville Street.


Saturday Profile: Kelsey Collins

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At first glance, Kelsey Collins appears to be an average teenager, awash in a sea of Aéropostale clothing and preoccupied with texting on her iPhone. But when she sings, whether it be a song of her own or a cover of a Lynyrd Skynrd song, it is clear that she is in a league of her own.

Downtown post office's fate remains uncertain

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-pronged proposal, structured to help the U.S. Postal Service recoup its fiscal solvency, will affect Columbus customers, but not in the way many had hoped.

Sandfield restaurant faces zoning challenge

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 4th Quarter Bar and Grill sits on the corner of College Street and 23rd Street, nestled in a neighborhood of homes that survived an F3 tornado in November 2003. The local eatery, which is located on the grounds of a former car wash, will soon be looking to have its status rezoned from a restaurant to a nightclub, bar, tavern or lounge. The owner of the business, Donald Pope of Columbus, is scheduled to bring his request before the City of Columbus Planning Commission on March 5. But Pope may be fighting an uphill battle, according to building official Kenneth Wiegel.


Crawford man busted for 28 outstanding warrants

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people who receive tickets pay the fines and never have to see Columbus Police Officers Lance Luckey and Kelvin Lee.


City extends a friendly welcome with new sign

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may be the most talked about dirt mound in recent history, and community leaders are hoping it continues to draw attention for years to come.


'iHeartStarkville' currently underway

Posted 2/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For volunteers, their community service usually isn't lauded by those around them. Their benefit derives from taking pride in their community and, for many, fulfilling spiritual obligations. But when there's money, a competition and a party involved, there's more than enough incentive to push volunteerism to the max.



Man arrested while climbing downtown tower

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inebriated man was arrested Thursday night after attempting to climb the E-911 communication tower near the Lowndes County Courthouse.



MSU sets training for farmers' market vendors

Posted 2/24/2012 in Area

The General Food Safety Training and Acidified Canned Foods Training for farmers' market vendors will be held March 13 in Pontotoc, March 15 in Gulfport and March 20 in Brookhaven. Golden Triangle farmers and vendors are encouraged to attend the Pontotoc session as none are planned for the area in the near future.



Religious briefs for 2-24-12

Posted 2/24/2012 in Area

Area events for the week of Feb. 20, 2012.


Second CHS bomb threat in a week

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat of the school year interrupted classes at Columbus High School Wednesday, and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Wednesday evening. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for Wednesday's threat, as well as the threat against CHS a week ago.


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