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Tourism's Empty Room: Snag over payment keeping Columbus visitors bureau out of new office

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau employees are working out of boxes. The three full-time and three part-time workers had already packed, ready to move into their new offices weeks ago, when plans hit a snag. The city and county boards that govern the CVB are seeking a state attorney general's opinion on whether or not they, legally, can approve the $734,881 price tag, since it is more than $100,000 higher than the appraised value.


Starkville officials lobby in Washington

Starkville's mayor and electric department head spent the first half of the week in Washington trying to keep power rates down.



Suspended Columbus police officers file appeals

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus police officers filed appeals with the Civil Service Commission last week to overturn their recent suspensions by the City Council.



Ex-NASA manager's conviction upheld in Miss. case

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday upheld the conviction of a former chief of staff for NASA in a case stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.



Man Tased by police during late-night struggle at Columbus diner

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 23-year-old man who allegedly resisted arrest was Tased by a Columbus police officer early today at the Military Road Huddle House.



Ice cream, too? Weyerhaeuser plant's cellulose fibers found in dizzying array of products

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tree pulp isn't just for paper, and the tree fiber produced at Weyerhaeuser's Columbus Cellulose Fibers plant can be found in some surprising places.



Victims of Tuesday head-on collision remain in hospital

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old woman was still in critical condition and a 25-year-old man was in good condition today following a head-on collision Tuesday in Lowndes County.



Oktibbeha holds off on plan to change county addresses

County residents will have to wait a little longer before receiving their new addresses.



Former Lowndes E911 director settles discrimination suit

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus and Lowndes County E911 director Jessie Colvin agreed to a $100,000 insurance settlement Thursday, bringing a close to her discrimination lawsuit against the county.


Fire destroys Starkville home

A Starkville home was destroyed in an early morning fire Thursday.


City officials lobby for local projects in Washington

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus and Starkville officials trekked to Washington, D.C., Monday on a quest to bring more funding to the Golden Triangle.



Public concert highlights guest artist's visit to Starkville

Guest artist Dawn Lenore Sonntag, from Hiram College in Ohio, is visiting as an Artist in Residence today through Sunday in Starkville.



Grand jury indicts Pontotoc man in fatal pit bull attack

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

A Pontotoc County man has been indicted in the death of a neighbor attacked by pit bulls.



Highways 78, 82 to get median barriers

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Safety barriers are going up along highways in six North Mississippi counties to prevent intentional and accidental crossovers into oncoming traffic.



Mother gets $5 million bond in death of child found in oven

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

A Greenville judge has set bond at $5 million for Terrie A. Robinson, who is charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old son whose body was found in an oven.



Barbour vetoes community college budget bill

Posted 3/3/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has vetoed a community college funding bill because he says it's not part of an overall balanced budget for the state for the coming fiscal year.



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