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'Read Across Columbus' helps keep kids on positive track

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter has heard the statistics. As the Columbus Police Department's public information officer, she's intimately aware of the correlation between illiteracy, dropout rates and juvenile crime.


Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/12/2012 in State

A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a state law that threatens to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure in the state.



Forbes gives plug to state, Golden Triangle

Posted 7/12/2012 in Area

Mississippi manufacturing is getting national media attention and Forbes magazine was correct in noting Mississippi has a future as "a new American manufacturing center," agreed Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins.



Columbus beautification efforts enhance image, quality of life, says mayor

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A beautification project for the City of Columbus is nearing completion. Weather permitting, the new "Welcome to Columbus" sign located on Highway 82 East is expected to be completed by week's end, said Mayor Robert Smith.



Early-morning fire destroys vacant home

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire gutted a vacant home today, despite efforts from Columbus Fire and Rescue to combat the blaze.


Business brief: Martin promoted

Posted 7/12/2012 in Business

Lydia Martin has been promoted to Vice President at Trustmark National Bank in Jackson.


Marriages and divorces 7-12-12

Posted 7/12/2012 in Business



Building permits 7-12-12

Posted 7/12/2012 in Business



Caledonia employee dispute at impasse

Posted 7/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year-long dispute between a Caledonia supervisor and an employee may have landed the town in hot water as the issue threatens to spill over into a lawsuit.


Rain brings relief, but burn ban still in place

Posted 7/11/2012 in Area

After weeks of no rain and the drought-like conditions that ensued, parts of Lowndes County received a substantial amount of rainfall on Monday. Other parts of the county were not as fortunate.

Crowds gather to wait for Starkville Chick-fil-A opening

Posted 7/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There are more than 100 people camped out today in the parking lot of a new restaurant in Starkville, but not because they are homeless.


Columbus, State redistricting plans await DOJ scrutiny

Posted 7/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ordinance regarding redistricting will soon be brought before the Columbus City Council for approval. The ordinance is the next step in getting the council's approved map before the US Department of Justice.


Cowart urges county to explore all options

Posted 7/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ten minutes before Monday night's public education session on the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital, district supervisors and other city officials scrambled to find extra seats in the overflowing county courthouse, moving people into the jurors box and eventually allowing citizens to pool at the doors and in the hallway.

CAFB runway work set for 2013

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Clay County construction company will begin work on runway project at Columbus Air Force Base in 2013.

Columbus Police ready for Glitz ball

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Community Neighborhood Watch are hosting the 2012 Columbus Community Glitz Ball July 20 to raise money for the CPD's annual Christmas toy drive, the Columbus Police Explorers and National Night Out On Crime events.


New settlement aims to prod Miss. on foster care

Posted 7/10/2012 in State

Mississippi officials have agreed to a revised settlement in a lawsuit alleging that the state was not doing enough to care for minors in the foster care system.



Planning commission approves new permits

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission recommended a permitted use request for two new businesses on Monday.


Starkville officials beam over handicap-accessible playground

Last fall, while Heather Carson was volunteering with the playground project at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary, Brooke Kiel was beginning to look into the possibility of installing a sensory area for students with special needs at Sudduth Elementary.

Many voters may be deterred by tough ID laws

Posted 7/9/2012 in National

As more states put in place strict voter ID rules, an AP review of temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia, which first adopted the most stringent standards, found that more than 1,200 such votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.


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