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Fewer people filling up as gas prices rise

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday afternoon, 68-year-old William Nance pumped $10 worth of gas into his pickup. At $3.96 a gallon, $10 in mid-grade fuel doesn't go as far as it used to.


CVB funds festivals, amid calls for more conservative spending

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amid accusations of playing "politics" with taxpayers' dollars, the Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to fund three festivals Monday and against funding a southside family reunion.



CVB board asks former director to return items

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When former Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director James Tsismanakis cleaned out his old office earlier this year, he was a little too thorough.



Market Street sales total more than $159,000, organizers say

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales at this year's Market Street Festival totaled more than $159,000, bringing in $11,160.63 in tax collections. And that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to Main Street Columbus Inc. Director Amber Murphree Brislin.



Omnova union vows to fight decertification

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The process to decertify the union affiliated with Columbus' Omnova plant is moving forward. And members of Local 748-L plan to fight the decertification until the end. Union members plan to contest plans to take a decertification vote from the more than 100 workers hired to replace them.


New Hope woman charged with statutory rape

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 24-year-old New Hope woman has been charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy in Lowndes County.


Motion to dismiss Sharp murder case denied

Posted 5/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An early attempt to dismiss Leslie Sharp's murder trial went nowhere Monday.



Oktibbeha supes OK road paving projects

Posted 5/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Some much needed road work is coming, but not everyone at Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was satisfied with the county's progress.


Fish fry commemorates National Nursing Home Week

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It takes a certain amount of derring-do and old-fashioned chutzpah to schedule a picnic on Friday the 13 -- especially in springtime Mississippi -- but after an action-packed week of celebration, staff members and guests of Windsor Place nursing home weren't about to let superstition or Mother Nature dampen their fun.


Lowndes plans to start drug court

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, Lowndes County will join 39 other Mississippi counties with drug courts in place.



New workers at Columbus' Omnova plant request to decertify union

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Omnova strike in Columbus, and the longest strike in the company's history does not bode to end favorably for its longtime union workers.



Survey: Majority of Lowndes students feels unsafe on campus

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brandy Gardner, coordinator for the Safe & Drug-Free Schools program. Gardner told the Lowndes County School district board that according to anonymous surveys, less than 60 percent of students at West Lowndes Middle School, New Hope Middle School, and Caledonia High School report feeling safe on campus.



Planning firm to help solidify vision for Starkville

Posted 5/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On the heels of March's charrette, Starkville has brought in a team from the PlaceMakers planning firm to explore the possibility of implementing form-based codes which will guide downtown's development.


Columbus police officer wrecks car in her second crash this year

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Officer Rebecca Lomax and three civilians suffered minor injuries Sunday when her squad car collided with another vehicle -- her second wreck this year.


PHOTO GALLERY: C-Town Cares benefit for Smithville tornado relief

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.



Miss. State student drowns at apartment complex

Posted 5/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student drowned early Sunday morning at his apartment complex.



Columbus concert set to raise money for Smithville

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local music community is putting its own spin on tornado relief, holding a benefit concert along the Columbus Riverwalk on Sunday from noon until late into the night.



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