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Whiskey rebellion: Fayette, Ala., liquor tax draws complaints

Posted 1/12/2011 in Business

Leaders in a west Alabama town are deciding what to do about complaints that liquor taxes in the formerly dry city are now too high.



Starkville planning commission approves condo plan

Posted 1/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville planning and zoning commission Tuesday approved the conditional use request of a developer who wants to build condominiums in a portion of the former Borden milk plant.


'No comparison:' teachers marvel at new Columbus Middle School

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Close your eyes and visualize a middle school anywhere in Mississippi. Chances are, you are not imagining dance, art and broadcast studios, a food court that looks like it should be in an airport or mall rather than a school, and a library with an atmosphere rivaling Barnes and Noble.

Higgins: County well positioned if eminent domain law passes

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County may have narrowly avoided a major roadblock to industrial proliferation, according to economic development boss Joe Higgins.

West Point approves water, sewer rate hike

Posted 1/12/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- Customers of West Point Water and Light Department are in for a rate increase. The West Point Board of Selectmen Tuesday approved water and sewer rate hikes for residential and commercial Water and Light Department customers, both inside and outside the city limits.


Runoff in north Miss. transportation commissioner race

Posted 1/12/2011 in Area

Despite the chilly weather, voters turned out Tuesday, sending transportation commissioner candidates Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. to a runoff election. While Caldwell was the top vote-getter, Tagert, of Starkville, won the vast majority of votes in the Golden Triangle.



More closures announced as cold's grip continues

Posted 1/11/2011 in Area

The Monroe County School District and some other school districts in north Mississippi counties announced they would keep schools closed for a third day, as ice and slush remained on some roads and crippling cold moved in Tuesday night.



Hungry Auburn fans cause run on duck meat

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Auburn fans in the Mobile area who wanted to chow down on duck meat while watching the Tigers defeat the Oregon Ducks for the national championship may have been out of luck. At least two stores sold out of duck meat Monday as fans were getting ready for the big game.



Weather, kindness allow fan to get ticket to Auburn game

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Dial Gibbs, an 81-year-old Auburn resident, had almost given up hope Saturday afternoon. He was alone in Phoenix without the $995 ticket he purchased to the BCS National Championship game.



Lowndes justice judge Arledge plans run for sheriff

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County District 2 Justice Court Judge Mike Arledge plans to leave the bench and run for sheriff.



Middle school tours on for Wednesday, Thursday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a busy weekend for Columbus Middle School. And those planning to participate in open houses on Wednesday and Thursday won't be disappointed, said Alma Turner, Columbus Municipal School District board president.


Condos may come to former Borden plant in Starkville

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Tabor Construction and Development has spent more than a year renovating the former Borden milk plant at the corner of Montgomery and Lampkin Streets for restaurant, retail and storage space. Now, the Starkville-based company is hoping to add condominiums to the massive, two-story structure.

Low voter turnout as election competes with weather

Posted 1/11/2011 in Area

The special election for the state's next Northern District Transportation Commissioner was on for today, despite concerns about icy roads. "Now we just need voters," one circuit clerk said.


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