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Moore may step down as fire chief Monday

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple councilmen and Columbus Fire and Rescue personnel have said an announcement from Mayor Robert Smith's office is expected Monday regarding the future of city Fire Chief Kenneth Moore's employment with the department.



Mill project ground-breaking set for Thursday

Posted 3/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local, state and university representatives will break ground for the Mill at MSU development project 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooley Building, officials have confirmed.



Reversal of fortune has Airbus flying high

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nothing is ever certain, but the outlook for Airbus Helicopters' Columbus plant and its 280 employees is significantly more promising than it was last May.



Supes agree to match grant for Riverwalk connector

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted Friday to match $25,000 to an additional $100,000 from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks for additional walking trails connecting the Columbus Soccer Complex to the Riverwalk.


Local pilots speculate on fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than a week removed from initial reports of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, three local pilots give different perspective into the mystery.

Oil mars Aliceville swamp months after crude train crash

Posted 3/15/2014 in Area

Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a west Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes.


Central African Republic dad gives all to save family

Posted 3/15/2014 in National

Who could bear to break the news to Yaman Ahmat?



Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies

Posted 3/14/2014 in State

A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.


Columbus Marina gears up for busy season

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is one thing T. Caldwell has never understood about the Columbus Marina since he became its manager: The fact that more transient boaters know about it than Columbus residents.


Search process continues for Starkville community developer

Posted 3/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nine candidates applied for Starkville's vacant community developer job, one of the last high-tier positions the city has left to fill, Personnel Director Randy Boyd confirmed.



County fills CVB board vacancy

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors appointed a local sales manager to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors today in a 4-0 vote.



Sunday program explores Creek Indian War

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When most people think of wars fought in this area of Mississippi, they immediately think of the Civil War in the early 1860s.



Business expresses interest in West Point for public transit

Posted 3/13/2014 in Area

The operator of a public transportation system in Aberdeen has expressed interest in delivering the same service to West Point.



County soon to address four-year road, bridge plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are expected to turn their attention toward updating the county's four-year road plan this spring once concluding their search for a new administrator. County Road Manager Victor Collins said the update could come as early as April. The board is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at the chancery courthouse to address the administrator search and hold a public hearing on the county's comprehensive planning efforts.



House passes amended school merger bill

Posted 3/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

House lawmakers passed an amended form of SB 2818, the Senate's Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger bill, a day after the Senate unanimously passed its own strike-all amendment to the House's legislation.


Former city employee facing more charges

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former city employee has been arrested for a third time for charges relating to identity theft. Katrina Porter was arrested Monday by Lowndes County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Columbus man charged with aggravated assault

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 50-year-old Columbus man is facing aggravated assault charges after an incident on Strawberry Street last weekend.


State unemployment rate at its lowest mark in six years

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is good news in the latest state unemployment figures, which report Clay County had the highest jobless rate in the state last month.


Miss. sheriffs stand to see pay increase in July

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A state bill that would give pay raises to county sheriffs statewide is waiting for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's signature.


Oktibbeha County fires spark arson fears

Posted 3/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local and state investigators are looking into suspicious county fires after two recent blazes damaged abandoned structures, Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said.



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