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Lowndes County faces redistricting crunch

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes is among several counties across the state that has to redraw its district lines after the release of 2010 census figures.



City clears fallen tree from Military Road

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus roads department has cleared a massive tree that fell Monday night, blocking traffic on Military Road near 12th Avenue North.



Lowndes Supes, Columbus Council stay out of Omnova strike

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes supervisors and Columbus City Council members this week declined to officially intervene in the strike at Omnova Solutions, turning down a request from the company's union to send letters asking that bargaining over a union contract resume.


Leaders optimistic about state economy

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At their Columbus stop Tuesday, Mississippi Economic Council officers said they had seen more optimism about the economy here than possibly anywhere else in the state.


Columbus City Council makes appointments to CVB board

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city council appointed three people, including first-time board member Nadia Dale, to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Tuesday.



More candidates beat deadline for Lowndes races

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The final round of qualifiers to beat the March 1 deadline runs the gamut of offices in Lowndes County.



Starkville considers changes to sidewalk rules

The evolution of Starkville's sidewalk ordinance was revealed Tuesday, but the debate will go on. During a public hearing during the Starkville Board of Aldermen's first March meeting, Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas laid out a number of proposed changes and variance contingencies which would excuse developers from installing sidewalks in front of new buildings.



New candidates emerge for Oktibbeha races

A slew of new candidates have emerged in the final days and hours of qualifying for county elections.



Severstal sells three U.S. plants in $1.2 billion deal

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal, which operates a flat-rolled steel mill in Columbus, sold three of its U.S. mills to a New York-based investment firm in a $1.2 billion deal, Reuters reported.



NAACP sues over redistricting in Miss. counties

Posted 3/1/2011 in State

Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information.



WTVA: Four arrested in local shooting (link)


Woman airlifted to Tupelo after head-on collision

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman was airlifted to Tupelo and two others were hospitalized after a two-vehicle head-on collision early Tuesday in Lowndes County.


Burglar sets fire to Columbus liquor store

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A liquor store in the Holly Hills Plaza on Highway 45 North was burglarized and set on fire late Monday.



Open houses, lottery set for Columbus schools

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District began taking applications for the 2011-2012 school year Monday, and parents have until March 28 to enter their children in the lottery for one of the district's five elementary schools.



Newspaper's current, former owner qualify for county elections

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man behind The Packet wants a spot on the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, and the paper's new co-owner is running for circuit clerk.


Starkville's State Theater gets new life

This isn't your old State Theater. The latest reincarnation of Starkville's utilitarian Main Street theater, slated to open later this week, includes the familiar bar and music fare supplemented by 35 flat-screen televisions, cigars, cheesecake, chicken wings, wine and the kids from Jersey Shore.


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