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Renasant relies on local contractors for new building

Posted 6/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renasant Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, already has two temporary locations in Starkville, but construction has begun on a new building that will merge the two offices.


Marriages and divorces 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Aldermen to ask FEMA approval on Carver Drive project

Posted 6/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to crowd outbursts and hot button issues, Mayor Parker Wiseman was forced to call the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to order several times Tuesday night, and he was also called on to cast the deciding vote in a 3-3 split that passed an improvised motion to seek Federal Management Agency approval for Carver Drive relief.


CMSD turns down Point of Grace's $175,000 offer for school

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Church congregations have successfully snapped up vacant city school properties over the past few years, but Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse was not so lucky in his recent attempt to purchase the sprawling Lee Middle School, which has sat empty since January 2011.

Apologetic Liddell backs off plan for early-release

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After considerable blow-back from her first major action as the Columbus Municipal School District's new superintendent, Dr. Martha Liddell reversed course Tuesday on a plan to dismiss students early on Wednesdays to allow time for teacher training and development.


Columbus Council hikes up pants, makes sagging pants ordinance official

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A month after approving a ban on sagging pants, the Columbus City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to implement the addition to the city's indecent exposure ordinance. The new language was designed specifically to penalize those who wear their pants below the waist or hip. Commonly called the "sagging pants ordinance," it was introduced by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box who said it was modeled after a similar ordinance in Tupelo.



Kappler resigns; Columbus now with three principal vacancies

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city schools finally have a new superintendent, but with the fall semester only a month and a half away, the administrative shuffle continues as the Columbus Municipal School District seeks to fill three, possibly four, key vacancies.


Humane Society flooded with donations after dog food theft

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after dealing with a puppy chow thief, the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society has a new, albeit good, problem: Local animal lovers have responded with a deluge of dog food -- more, in fact, than what was stolen.


State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's early dismissal plan, if implemented, may meet an early demise due to state board of education concerns over policy inconsistencies in other districts.



CVB won't fund Legends concert

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A request for the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to help fund the upcoming Legends concert was withdrawn Monday, after CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter recommended the board not fund the event started by the CVB.


Mississippi State lecturer explores women's roles in Civil War

Posted 6/19/2012 in Area

A former Mississippi State University professor and Starkville native will be giving a lecture on the Role of Women in the Civil War on Wednesday at the second annual Social Studies Teachers Summer Institute held on the university's campus.


Miss. counts how many lack ID under voting measure

Posted 6/19/2012 in State

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.


Local ties emerge as DAR marks bicentennial of War of 1812

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

On June 18, 1812, the young United States of America shocked the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Two centuries later, the conflict known widely as the "second war of independence" is being recognized in Columbus.

New bids expected on old 82 bridge

Posted 6/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Old Highway 82 bridge project will once again be revisited the Columbus City Council. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the board Tuesday will accept bids on the project. The board will vote to accept the lowest bid Tuesday night.


Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.


Helmet Ordinance tops Starkville Aldermen agenda

Posted 6/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold its second public hearing on the possibility of amending the current helmet ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.

Thousands celebrate family and freedom at Juneteenth

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many who gathered at Sim Scott Park, Juneteenth was part homecoming and part history lesson -- a celebration of family and freedom. In its early years, the festival only drew around 1,000 people, but now more than 10,000 attend, said Leroy Brooks, of the Afro-American Culture Organization, which coordinates the three-day event.


City paving projects to be completed this year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The re-paving of some city parking lots and streets is on the horizon for Columbus. City Engineer Kevin Stafford said several projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year.


MSU director co-chairs armored vehicle research team for NATO

Posted 6/16/2012 in Area

The newest co-chair of a research team developing the next generation of ground vehicles for the world's leading military alliance is from Mississippi State University.


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