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Frigid weather settles in to area, state

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With frigid temperatures across Mississippi, Columbus and other communities are opening shelters and people are being told to keep an eye on their pets and elderly neighbors.


Fighting spirit: Columbus 12-year-old battles bone cancer

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 9, the world changed for 12-year-old Jeffrey Amos. He was diagnosed with bone cancer. Tired but still cheerful, Jeffrey sat in his room at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and reminisced about school.


Taking candy from a baby: Exercise shows Columbus residents leave themselves vulnerable to crime

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Living in a town the size of Columbus can be relaxing -- maybe too relaxing, according to Columbus Police Explorers.



Starkville birdwatchers receive top honor

Posted 12/11/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A group of local birdwatchers recently helped bring some acclaim to the state of Mississippi. Oktibbeha Audubon Society members Terry Schiefer, of Starkville, and Jim and Dianne Patterson, of Columbus, were on a birdwatching team dubbed "The Mississippi Team" this fall in Audubon Alaska's first-ever Arctic Refuge Fall Migration Birding Challenge.


Community reaches out to feed its own

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2009, across America, 17.4 million households -- nearly 15 percent of the country -- weren't sure where their next meal would come from.


Planners scale down options for soccer park

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With bids in hand, the brain trust behind the proposed Columbus soccer complex and park is searching for ways to keep the project intact.



Nunnelee chosen for House Appropriations Committee

Posted 12/10/2010 in Business

Republican Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi has been chosen to serve on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee when he takes office in January.



Landfill power generator gets go-ahead

Posted 12/10/2010 in Area

The Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority has received the go-ahead to build the first "green" generator in the state fueled by methane gas.



New book celebrates Columbus Air Force Base's history

Posted 12/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just in time for Christmas, the Columbus Base Community Council has begun selling 500 copies of the 173-page book, "Heritage to Horizons, a History of Columbus AFB 1942-2007."


'I'm there for them': Heritage's Murphy named state Teacher of the Year

Posted 12/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 11 years ago when Sarah Jo Murphy stopped by the principal's office at Heritage Academy's elementary school. After 33 years of teaching at New Hope Elementary School, Murphy had put in her time. Starting her teaching career anew wasn't on the agenda. But before she knew it, she was back in the classroom and loving every minute of it.

Columbus couple looks for the green in tomatoes

Posted 12/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Vinny and Karen Harris recently took up tomato farming to make some extra money. But this isn't a story about the economy forcing a young couple to make lifestyle changes.


Oktibbeha fire victim was Red Cross volunteer

Posted 12/10/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Authorities Thursday afternoon released the identity of an Oktibbeha County woman who died in an early-morning fire.



Court orders DNA testing in Lowndes capital murder case

Posted 12/9/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday ordered DNA testing for Eddie Lee Howard Jr., a death row inmate convicted twice in the 1992 rape and stabbing death of an 82-year-old Columbus woman.


Cadence CEO: No 'golden parachutes' in buyout deal

Posted 12/9/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Shareholders of Cadence Financial Corp. Thursday approved the acquisition of the company by Texas-based Community Bancorp, in a deal that Cadence's CEO said didn't "provide any payout" to him or other executives.


Ala. woman convicted of feeding drugs to baby

Posted 12/9/2010 in Business

A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of aggravated child abuse after authorities say she fed methamphetamine and ecstasy to her boyfriend's baby.



Arrest Report 12-9-10

Posted 12/9/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Adult Detention Facility reported the following felony arrests:



Oxford mayor considers veto of liquor decision

Posted 12/9/2010 in Business

Oxford Board of Aldermen have approved an ordinance that would allow occasional Sunday sales of alcohol.



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