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City gets nod from DOJ on redistricting

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Watson, of the Bridge and Watson consulting firm, received a letter from the Department of Justice on Nov. 1 stating the Columbus council's plan for redistricting had been given pre-clearance approval.

Monday profile: Dale's passion evident as director of Boys and Girls Club

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late afternoon when Nadia Dale rushes into the room like a force of nature and plops down with an exhausted sigh for what is likely her first break of the day.


Analysis: Legislators aim to prevent child abuse

Posted 11/12/2012 in State

"Erin's Law" is described as a tool to keep sexual predators away from children. Four states -- Maine, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri -- have enacted it and a dozen more may consider it in 2013.


New Orleans streetcars to get Super Bowl debut

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

With the Super Bowl less than three months away, New Orleans is rushing to lay streetcar tracks through one of its busiest corridors to connect by trolley the Louisiana Superdome and the French Quarter.

Peanut truck overturns

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A cargo of peanuts were strewn along Highway 82 after an 18-wheeler overturned on Sunday afternoon near the Military Road exit.

On the streets of Athens, racist attacks increase

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

The attack came seemingly out of nowhere. As the 28-year-old Bangladeshi man dug around trash bins one recent afternoon for scrap metal, two women and a man set upon him with a knife. He screamed as he fell. Rushed to the hospital, he was treated for a gash to the back of his thigh.

10 years later: Survivors haven't forgotten tornado's fury

Posted 11/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was unseasonably hot that day, with temperatures hovering in the upper-80s and a strong southerly breeze kicking up the autumn leaves and sending them skittering along the quiet Sunday streets.


State casts withering look at West Lowndes High

Posted 11/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Department of Education is casting a hard look at West Lowndes High School, and what they have uncovered so far is -- for the most part -- a troubling institutional culture of low expectations, one-size-fits-all teaching, poor academic performance and an overall lack of leadership.



Street paving tops Columbus City Council priorities

Posted 11/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a deadline looming, Columbus officials are working to spend the remainder of $3.8 million in general bond obligation money. According to Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen, the terms of the bond state the money must be spent by Nov. 29.


Area arrests 11-11-12

Posted 11/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.


Healthy Starkville gets to work

Posted 11/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville citizens who met in the Oktibbeha County Hospital education room Friday morning might not seem to have much in common.



Organizers seek support for Thanksgiving feeding program

Posted 11/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a group of local people, making sure every family has something to be thankful for is at the top of their list. Specifically, they want to make sure every family has a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day.



Rumors kick off local campaign season

Posted 11/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You don't have to drive far around Columbus to see the lingering reminders of Tuesday night. Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan campaign signs can still be found in many front yards, but soon those signs will be removed and heaped in trash piles from Bluecutt Road to Lehmberg Road.


KiOR begins production

Posted 11/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local biofuel plant KiOR has started production and released its third quarter earnings.

Oktibbeha coroner arrested

Posted 11/9/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.


Ainsworth clarifies Oktibbeha County Lake lease

Posted 11/9/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mike Ainsworth, the 16th section land manager for Oktibbeha County, cleared up some discrepancies Thursday in some reporting on a lease of 312 acres that includes portions of the Oktibbeha County Lake.


'Strings for Food' program benefits food banks

Posted 11/9/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Guitars and green beans are seldom thought of in tandem, but at least one Golden Triangle music shop hopes to be overrun this weekend with the healthy vegetable -- and many more non-perishable food items.


Miss. in good shape for debt level, treasury says

Posted 11/9/2012 in State

The Mississippi House and Senate will try to agree on a package of long-term borrowing next year, after failing to authorize one this past spring, a top lawmaker said Thursday.



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