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United Way celebrates Lowndes fundraisers, volunteers

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As William Corder passed the torch to a new United Way of Lowndes County president Thursday, he reminded contributors how far-reaching their gifts are.

Charrette planners: Oxford's loss is Starkville's gain

Starkville is "Mississippi's college town." That was the identity and marketing strategy put forth by the visiting Mississippi Main Street Association charrette team Thursday at the end of the charrette's final presentation.

Commander who inherited notorious Iraq prison recounts cleanup

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Col. Robert Thomas arrived at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, he said it was like stepping into a scene from the war movie "Apocalypse Now."


New appraisal paves way for tourism board to buy office space

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau has received a second appraisal for its new downtown office building, paving the way for city and county approval.


Man hit, dragged under car after crashing motorcycle

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a wreck Thursday when he was accidentally run over and dragged down Main Street.

Delta retires turboprops, ending era at GTRA

Posted 4/1/2011 in Business

The last Saab 340 flew gently into that sweet good night Thursday at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, marking the final flight before retirement for the propeller-driven airliner.


Columbus man arrested after early morning police chase

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 22-year-old man was arrested early today after he wrecked his car while trying to outrun a Columbus police officer.



Legislature extends session to pass budget

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to begin passing a nearly $5.5 billion plan to pay for public schools, colleges, mental health services and other state programs during the next fiscal year.



Barbour: No pardon for Scott sisters

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press he doesn't plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other.



Ownership of military housing units changes hands

Posted 3/31/2011 in Business

A total of over 8,000 homes on military installations around the U.S., including on Columbus Air Force Base, have changed owners.



Barbour pushes for civil rights museum funding

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is pressing lawmakers to resolve funding for a Mississippi civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum, saying he wants both to be open in downtown Jackson when the state marks its bicentennial in 2017.



Clay officials toss candidates from ballot

Posted 3/31/2011 in Area

Several changes have shaken up the candidate picture for Clay County elections. Would-be chancery clerk candidate Harold Lathon remains disqualified from running after meeting with the Clay County Democratic Executive Committee, and two of three candidates from the Collins family were also removed from the list of qualifiers.



Embattled Lathon compares himself to King, Mandela

Posted 3/31/2011 in Area

Harold Lathon believes he's more than just a character to the voters of West Point and Clay County.



Judo club offers free rape prevention class

Posted 3/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Wakaishu Judo Club is offering free rape prevention classes the first four Mondays in April at the T.V. James Community Center.



Arrest report 3-31-11

Posted 3/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old and two juveniles who allegedly stole eight weapons from a home Monday have been arrested thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip.


Columbus Pilgrimage home tours give visitors new perspective

Posted 3/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You're never too old for a field trip -- it just has to be the right kind of trip. That's what the 31 mostly middle- to older-age members of the non-credit antiques class at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., decided.

Charrette plan moves Starkville police out of City Hall, renovates building

Posted 3/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As promised, Starkville officials put the visiting Mississippi Main Street Association charrette team to work on its municipal complex problem and saw the first results Wednesday.


Unity Picnic brings city together Saturday

Posted 3/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith ran for office on a campaign of unity. Saturday, Smith's fourth annual unity picnic at the Columbus Riverwalk, from 4-8 p.m., will offer a reflection of his vision.



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