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County school budget approved; school-lunch prices increase

The Oktibbeha County School District approved their $11.3 million budget Monday night in a brief meeting where they also raised the price of school lunches.



SSD teachers receive $10,000 in grants



Public input sought on Starkville superintendent search Thursday

Members of the public are asked to voice their thoughts Thursday night on the search for the new superintendent of the Starkville School District.



Starkville top educators honored by district

Starkville School District scored in last year's teacher free-agent market. A pair of newcomers received SSD's top two annual awards during last week's opening convocation.



Starkville bond issue in the hands of voters, Sept. 27

Starkville's Board of Aldermen hopes to adopt the facilities master plan and move forward with planning for the $8.4 million police station during a special called meeting tonight at City Hall.



Still in the red: Columbus schools ask for 2.9-mill tax increase

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After weeks of public discourse and discord, the Columbus Municipal School District approved its 2011-2012 budget and ad valorem tax request Monday night with no discussion and little fanfare.



Police: Girls cut, beat 12-year-old in fight

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two girls, 14 and 12, broke into a Columbus house early Sunday and cut a 12-year-old girl's hand with a knife after an argument about a boy.


Nancy Carpenter tapped as full-time director of Columbus tourism bureau

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted 7-1 Monday to give interim director Nancy Carpenter the top job at the CVB.


Copper burglars hit another Columbus business

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus concrete-mixing business reported Saturday that it had been raided by copper burglars, according to police.



Man shot four times with BB gun during Columbus island robbery

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two suspects shot a man four times with a BB gun during an attempted armed robbery early Sunday at a Columbus island motel, according to police.



Smithville gets gift of Extension Service computers

Posted 8/6/2011 in Area

Mississippi State University Extension Service donated 40 refurbished computers to the Monroe County School District for schools in Smithville, a small town recovering from a devastating tornado.



West Point's Farmers' Market extended through the end of August

Posted 8/6/2011 in Area

The Point can't seem to get enough of a good thing. The revitalized farmers' market that debuted when summer began was such a hit, its run has been extended through August's end. It had originally been scheduled for each Thursday in June and July.



Community invited to participate in MUW Move-In Day Aug. 13

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Faculty and staff at Mississippi University for Women will lend a helping hand to students moving into the residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at noon. The public also is invited to participate.


MUW professor, students spend summer conducting cystic fibrosis research

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, a few Mississippi University for Women students worked alongside their professor conducting research with hopes of finding a better treatment for cystic fibrosis.


Tourism board to talk finances, festivals at Monday retreat

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board will review its finances and vote on upcoming festivals Monday at a retreat.



Columbus mayor: Compromise on ninth CVB pick near

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said Friday he expected the stalemate over the vacant seat on the nine-member Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board to end "soon."



Heated reaction: Area schools react to high temperatures to ensure safety of students

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As children in Lowndes County returned to school Thursday to begin the 2011-2012 year, high temperatures and a heat advisory on the area caused concern for child safety.



Changes abound for Starkville schools this year

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville School District students begin class Monday, they'll return to many changes.


Victory Christian senior has renewed faith after a near-fatal wreck

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.


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