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Copper burglars hit another Columbus business

Posted 8/8/2011 in Business

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.


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.


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