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Fire destroys New Hope home

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As firefighters hosed down her charred home Thursday evening, Joyce Manigo watched in stunned silence. She had arrived home at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday to find flames tearing through the inside of her house.


A week into qualifying, few candidates step forward in Lowndes

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five days after qualifying for county elections began, just two Lowndes County incumbents are facing opposition.



Fire dispaces two on Garrard Road in Starkville

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a Wednesday night fire on Garrard Road.


Nearly 20 qualify for Clay elections; sheriff's seat likely open

Posted 1/7/2011 in Area

Most of Clay County's elected officials have qualified to run for re-election this year, with the notable exception of Sheriff Laddie Huffman.


4-County: Prepare for winter storms

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weather forecasts indicate the potential exists for a "significant weather event" that could enter the area late Sunday and early Monday.



More Oktibbeha candidates file for county races

After 17 people qualified Tuesday for the upcoming Oktibbeha County elections, five more qualified Wednesday and Thursday.


Noxubee sheriff won't seek seventh term

Posted 1/7/2011 in Area

Noxubee County Sheriff Albert Walker is retiring.

Weyerhaeuser sells rail lines to Patriot Rail

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patriot Rail Corp. said it closed its purchase of six short line railroads, including one in the Golden Triangle, that were owned by lumber and wood products maker Weyerhaeuser Co.


Legislators take three-day weekend

Posted 1/6/2011 in Business

JACKSON - Lawmakers are taking a three-day weekend after wrapping up light legislative work today.


Lowndes sheriff Howard won't seek re-election

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Butch Howard has decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term.

Starkville's Tagert: Transportation commission seat would be 'great fit'

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Until this fall, Mike Tagert never ran for public office. These days, however, the 40-year-old father of two is traveling from town to town in north Mississippi, learning about local issues and talking to voters before Tuesday's special election to determine the next Northern District transportation commissioner.


Columbus 4-County customers have temporary detour

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to 4-County Electric Power Association's Columbus Customer Service Center, 2000 Sixth St. N., may experience a temporary detour this week when entering and exiting that office.


Lowndes sheriff charged $1,432 to dredge well

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office has received a $1,431.94 bill for draining a state-line well in search of still-missing Madeline "Midge" Ponds.


Railroad clears tracks of 'severe' train derailment

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alabama Southern Railroad has cleared the tracks of a train carrying hazardous materials that derailed Tuesday in Lowndes County.


The VFW's new battle: Recruiting new members

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Veterans of Foreign Wars post leadership has the right ideas. It just doesn't have the youth to prove it. As membership at VFWs nationwide continues to decline, the men in charge of Post 4272 in Columbus are reaching out to the next generation of veterans.


Arrest report 1-6-11

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies have reported the following felony arrests.



Starkville considers addition to current City Hall building

Starkville's citizen-led municipal complex committee is exploring a number of options to help satisfy city employees' office space needs, including the construction of a new 4,800-square-foot building at the corner of Lampkin Street and Washington Street.


Video: Gas leak closes Main Street near 22nd Street

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three businesses were evacuated today when Mississippi Department of Transportation crews reportedly broke a gas line off of Main Street.


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