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Sturgis bike rally may ride again

STURGIS -- There's still hope for the Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally. A day after announcing the rally scheduled for Oct. 7-9 had been cancelled due to a budget shortfall, Sturgis South Rally Board President Donny Hanson turned his attention Friday to fundraising.


Profile: St. John to start private investigation, marketing businesses

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He may be fired, but former Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is nowhere near gone. When the City Council voted 5-1 to oust him July 18 for reportedly missing a Civil Service Commission hearing because of alcohol use, his supporters packed the meeting.


Former Starkville police chief dies in Webster County crash

MATHISTON -- Former Starkville Police Chief Larry Sisk died Friday in a single-vehicle accident in Webster County.



Trustmark to open branch in Starkville

Customers of Trustmark Bank will soon be able to do business in Starkville. The Mississippi-based bank announced Wednesday that a branch will locate in the shopping center next to Piggly Wiggly and will open by the end of September.



Oktibbeha schools scrutinize district's energy savings

School board members again critiqued the power bill for the Oktibbeha County School District in Monday night's board meeting, the first in their new building.


Smiley, West to visit Habitat families

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West may not quite find the story of poverty they are looking for in Columbus.

Columbus officials: Riverwalk cameras ineffective at night

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after installing costly surveillance cameras along the downtown Riverwalk, Columbus officials said they've recently discovered some of the cameras don't work at night.


Verina Childs found guilty of killing husband during hunting trip

After two hours of deliberation Thursday, an Oktibbeha County Circuit Court jury found Verina Marie Childs guilty of murdering her husband, Douglas, in 2009.


CAFB re-opens gate after bomb scare

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base reopened the front gate to thru-traffic yesterday at approximately 2:57 p.m. after receiving the all-clear following a morning bomb scare. Staff Sgt. Tom Burns said the base went on alert at 11:25 a.m. Thursday when a Security Forces canine handler's dog gave an alert while performing a routine search of a delivery truck.


Business Briefcase 8-4-11

Posted 8/4/2011 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-4-11

Posted 8/4/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces July 28-31



Building Permits 8-4-11

Posted 8/4/2011 in Business

Building Permits July 16-Aug. 3



Columbus fire department responds to three small overnight fires

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire and Rescue was busy Wednesday night and early this morning, putting out three minor fires. Capt. Randy Rhodes, of Station 1, said at approximately 11:03 p.m. last night, the department responded to a call of an ice machine on fire outside a structure at 1202 Fourth St. S.



Columbus to examine driveway valley work

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving numerous complaints, Columbus city councilmen voted Tuesday to take a closer look at how the Public Works Department decides which driveways get new street connections.



Parents, truants face steep penalties for kids missing school

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's the first day of school. Do you know where your child is? City and county students returned to school today -- or at least they should have, according to the state's Compulsory School Attendance Law.



Columbus police investigate third shooting in a week

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gunman walking through the parking lot of Medical Arts Pharmacy in Columbus fired upon a motorist early Wednesday morning as the driver attempted to turn off Fifth Avenue North onto Military Road.



Lowndes Sheriff's runoff confirmed

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

So close but so far away. About a hundred affidavit ballots brought Mike Arledge up to 49.69 percent of the vote (4,339 votes) for Lowndes County sheriff, still not quite enough to keep from heading into a runoff with Bo Harris.



Columbus businessman sued for defaulting on loan

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bank of Vernon has filed a lawsuit against Columbus businessman and Light and Water board member David Shelton, claiming he defaulted on an $887,734.84 promissory note.



Chick-fil-A to open January in Columbus

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a rumor that's been traveling the grapevine in Columbus for years. But Kenny Wiegel, building official for the city of Columbus has confirmed it: Chick-fil-A is opening a location in The Friendly City.



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