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County turns spec building lease over to CalStar

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Supervisors unanimously agreed Monday to a revised memorandum of understanding and lease agreement with sustainable building material manufacturing company CalStar specifying penalties the company would have to pay in the event it does not provide at least 58 jobs at its Columbus plant once its fully operational.


Liddell hearing set for July 16

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell will soon learn if she will be reinstated to her former position.


Miss. public universities plan tuition increases

Posted 7/3/2013 in State

Tuition at Mississippi's eight public universities will increase by an average of more than 6 percent this fall, an amount universities say is needed to make up for the lingering effects of state aid cuts during the recession.



Aldermen name 3 Parks reps as another resigns

Despite aldermen naming three residents to the Starkville Parks Commission, the board will have to deal with one more open seat as Ward 3 representative Ray Berryhill resigned his position effective Wednesday, city officials announced Tuesday.



Fireworks show set for tonight at Sportsplex

Local residents and visitors will be treated to an annual fireworks show tonight at the Sportsplex.


Organizers expect big turnout for 4th of July event

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of today's Independence Day celebration, Fireworks on the Water, said they expect this year's event to be better than ever. Despite the threat of rain, Columbus Air Force Base Chief Public Affairs Officer Sonic Johnson said they are preparing for maximum crowds for the event, which will be staged on the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam.

Councilman Turner owes fines from 2010 DUI

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Hattiesburg Municipal Court deputy clerk confirmed Wednesday that Marty Turner, who was sworn in Monday as Ward 4 Columbus Councilman, owes $1,416.77 from a DUI second offense conviction from more than two years ago.

Simple assault warrant issued for local businessman

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two arrest warrants have been issued for local businessman Alan Redden for simple assault and malicious mischief. The warrants stem from an alleged altercation that occurred June 28 between Redden and his ex-girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter.


Delay stirs broader worries about Obama health law

Posted 7/3/2013 in National


Columbus Council rescinds pay raise

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted Tuesday to rescind the $4,000 pay raise it voted itself at the council's June 18 meeting. In the first meeting of the new term, councilmen also approved to limit the term of vice mayor to one year and appoint Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor to that post, replacing Bill Gavin.


Baptist among hospitals involved in Medicare settlement

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus is among 55 hospitals in 21 states that will pay a total of $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.


CMSD board approves bus contract

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a special meeting Tuesday night, the CMSD school board voted 4-1 to approve Ecco Ride's contract for the upcoming year. Ecco Ride is a Rhode Islan-based company that recently outbid local company, Waters Truck and Tractor, for a four-year bus contract with the district.

LCSO responds to two cases of unattended children found on roadways

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County toddler has been reunited with his mother after he was discovered wandering alone on a road near Highway 69 South Tuesday morning.


Chechen rebel calls for attacks on Sochi Games

Posted 7/3/2013 in National


Aldermen fire Spruill, Wiseman promises veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday voted 5-2 Tuesday to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill without holding any public discussion on her job performance. Mayor Parker Wiseman said he will veto the board's resolution as soon as possible, but aldermen can override his action with the same 5-2 vote which yielded Spruill's termination.

Council creates new city position, makes hire

Posted 7/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to create a new position Tuesday night for project manager and staffed that position with local construction firm J5 Broaddus. The council also appointed a new prosecuting attorney, Scott Colom, to replace Shane Tompkins.

Miss. Supreme Court won't undo block on gun law

Posted 7/3/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday said it won't undo a circuit judge's order that's blocking an open-carry gun law from taking effect.


Lawyer wants delay in ricin poison letters trial

Posted 7/3/2013 in State

A federal public defender has asked a judge to delay the trial of man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.



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