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Partnership aiming for 2012 tech expansion

After a successful year of retail growth and high-tech job expansion, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jon Maynard has high hopes for 2012. The Partnership added 30 new members in 2011 and expects to grow its membership base, currently 400 local businesses and industries, with more restaurants and shops.


Lowndes sheriff reflects on service

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newly retired Lowndes County sheriff is looking forward to catching fish. But he leaves office bothered by the ones he didn't catch -- three cases for which he and the families have no closure.


Starkville girl dies in go-kart accident in Alabama

Tragedy struck New Year's Day in East Limestone when a 10-year-old girl from Starkville, Miss., died while driving a go-kart.


Starkville High student murdered in West Point; 31-year-old man in custody

Posted 1/1/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Starkville High School junior Devin Mitchell was shot and killed Sunday morning at the Ridgewood Apartments at 1311 E. Main St. in West Point. Clay County 911 received calls at 2:55 a.m. of gunshots fired near the complex. Officers arrived and found Mitchell, 16, of Starkville, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he died as a result of his injuries, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said. WPPD has arrested Tavaris F. Collins, 31, aka "Frog" and charged him with murder. Brinkley said a motive for the murder is still under investigation.

Top stories of the year 2011

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi is ranked 29th in use of alternative energy, according to a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship. Soon, two manufacturers of alternative energy will be located in Lowndes County.

Kountry Kitchen moves, so do customers

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a strange alchemy involved when people gather at a kitchen table. Maybe it's the symbolic -- and literal -- breaking of bread. Maybe it's the commonality of primal need meeting gustatory pleasure. Maybe it's the way no matter what changes, this remains the same: Food equals fellowship, and in an increasingly impersonal world, fellowship is the one thing that can't be shrink-wrapped, freeze-dried or vacuum-sealed.


Officials on fireworks: Obey the law; stay safe

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Most-viewed online news stories of 2011

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Accused teen shooter arraigned

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus juvenile accused of shooting another juvenile in the hand on Thursday made his initial appearance in court Friday.



Departures, a new ordinance and no new city building mark the year in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The year 2011 was marked by defeats, departures, dogs and Bulldogs in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan was defeated in the primary runoff after 36 years in office while Starkville School District Superintendent Judy Couey shockingly resigned and still hasn't made a public comment about the decision.



Music to your ears: MSU wins fifth straight bowl game

Posted 12/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Eurozone faces tough hurdles early in 2012

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

FRANKFURT, Germany -- After a turbulent 2011, the 17 countries that use the euro will be quickly confronted in the new year with major hurdles to solving their government debt crisis, just as the eurozone economy is expected to sink back into recession.



North Korea vows no softening under its new leader

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.


Fire damages Oktibbeha County home

Posted 12/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Oktibbeha County firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire Thursday that damaged a wall but didn't injure occupants.


Some Highway 82 crash victims still in hospital

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 41-year-old Crawford woman was released from the hospital after a Wednesday wreck on Highway 82 West. Other crash victims transported to medical facilities remain hospitalized, including a 6-year-old girl who was airlifted to Jackson.



Lowndes supports water extension to Frisco Road

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents with water problems on Frisco Road found sympathetic ears at Thursday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting. The board voted unanimously to co-sign a letter from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District asking the state development authority to designate it an emergency project.



Contract signed: WCBI remains on DirecTV

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' local CBS affiliate will remain on the air with DirecTV satellite broadcasting service. "There will be no interruption," said Dean Hinson, president of Morris Network. Morris Multimedia Inc. in Savannah, Ga. owns WCBI.



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