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Cook and Annunciation art students get boost from grant

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, already a model school for arts integration, has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to continue the program and build upon the foundation they've developed over the past few years.


Grant money will help MSU with its wellness programs

Posted 7/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to a sizable grant, the Health Education and Wellness Department at Mississippi State University will unveil a new project this fall in hopes to make maintaining a healthy lifestyle as simple as possible for the campus and the community.


Police investigate Sunday morning shooting incident

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


New development alliance for Golden Triangle?

Posted 7/14/2012 in Area

Representatives from Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties have formed a steering committee to examine the possibility of forming a tri-county coalition for economic development.


CMSD budget shows reduced personnel costs

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District held a public hearing Saturday morning to discuss a proposed $40.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.



Judge's abortion law ruling hailed as victory by both sides

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The future of Mississippi's only clinic where women can get an abortion remains unclear after a federal judge's ruling in a closely watched court case.


Supes turn attention to public, private eyesores

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving updates on county property owners' efforts to clean up their properties, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously voted to clean up one of the county's.


Link completes revenue-sharing deal with West Point, Clay County

Posted 7/14/2012 in Area

The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link is moving forward with plans to recruit industry for West Point and Clay County, securing a deal earlier this week to obtain 10 percent of the resulting tax revenues, with the remaining 90 percent divided between West Point and Clay.



Two West Nile virus cases reported in state

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The state's first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported for 2012.



Committees formed to examine unilateral county economic development

Posted 7/13/2012 in Area

Oktibbeha County poised to join Lowndes and Clay counties in a joint development partnership


Brigham makes quiet exit from MUW

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the end, Allegra Brigham got her way. When she stepped down as interim president at Mississippi University for Women in December, she had hoped to leave with no fanfare. Instead, she was feted with a surprise party.

Highway 45's 'Misery Mile' emphasizes need for bypass

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it only covers a mile or so, the stretch of Highway 45 from the intersection of Bluecutt Road to the Highway 82 exit is the most traveled section of road in Lowndes County. On average, 9.1 million motor vehicles travel that stretch of road each year. That also translates into heavy congestion and accidents.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's safe to say Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is not a paraskevidekatriaphobic -- someone afraid of Friday the 13th. His attitude on the day has been heavily influenced by two compelling factors: Canon and Breelyn Mullen.

'Keep OCH' meeting draws overflow crowd

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time this week, an overflow audience gathered to hear discussion about the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center. On Monday, a crowd packed the County Courthouse to listen to a discussion of the options available, chief among them a sale of the county-owned hospital.


Immanuel Christian has its own 'Extreme Make-over'

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The name fit the school perfectly, but that was just about the only place it fit. With five words, 39 letters and 13 syllables, "Immanuel Center for Christian Education" was a mouthful to say and a handful to write. Filling out official forms, with their cramped text boxes and narrow columns, required the dexterity of a contortionist. Its acronym, ICCE, was equally a tongue-twister.



Sounds of Summer postponed until next Thursday

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Cadence president: Lay-offs don't mean change of commitment

Posted 7/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since a merger within the parent company last year, Cadence Bank has experienced substantial growth across the board, and President Mark Abernathy said despite a layoff announcement for its Starkville operations center, he expects this growth to continue.


'Read Across Columbus' helps keep kids on positive track

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter has heard the statistics. As the Columbus Police Department's public information officer, she's intimately aware of the correlation between illiteracy, dropout rates and juvenile crime.


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