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Wallenda exuberant after wire walk across Niagara Falls

Posted 6/16/2012 in National

The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896.

Film-making is a 'Headrush' for Starkville's Thomasson

Posted 6/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It would have been hard to write a more exciting introduction to film-making for Johnson Thomasson. He was eight years old and living in Indianola, riding his bike all over town. On this particular day, Thomasson ended up downtown where he saw a large crowd of people gathered behind a line of yellow caution tape, every one of them watching something intently with their backs to him.

Liddell backtracks on early-release letter

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A letter to teachers and administrators asking for feedback on releasing city school students early on Wednesdays was never sent, district Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell confirmed late Thursday night.

CPD uses spent ammo to fund make-over

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department shooting range will be getting a makeover, thanks in part to some shell casings. Bill Smith, CPD Director of Forensic Chemistry, said he had an epiphany during a recent range clearing and cleaning.

Two injured in Ash Street shooting

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus shooting Thursday night left two men injured and two arrested.

Governor's School uses eclectic classes to inspire creativity

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Textbooks have given way to Sudoku, South Park, and sushi this summer as the top high schoolers in the state gather for the 32nd annual Mississippi Governor's School at Mississippi University for Women.

A welcome change: Drop in gas prices has little effect on city's budget

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

After months of grim forecasts and overwrought predictions, gas prices did the exact opposite of what was predicted and took a nosedive. According to the average price in Columbus is $3.27 a gallon, with the lowest prices being $3.23 a gallon at Murphy USA. The highest price was found at Sandfield One Stop with a price of $3.39 a gallon.

Caveat Emptor: Law enforcement sees surge in scams

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

Local law enforcement are urging the public to be "suspicious and cautious" of several different scams that both the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office have had an increased number of reports for.

Juneteenth Festival ready to welcome crowds

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival have put the finishing touches on a three-day celebration set for tonight, Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The event coincides with similar activities around the country commemorating the abolition of slavery.


Crime report 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary of the Columbus-Lowndes Human Society.



Marriages and divorces 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Business



Columbus hires firm to explore energy-saving options

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the City of Starkville has started making waves across the state for its new energy efficiency methods, Columbus has begun its own process.



Suspect in pistol whipping still at large

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a suspect in an alleged pistol whipping (aggravated assault) and shots fired case.



MPB program focuses on energy saving

Posted 6/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County will be featured in a 30-minute documentary highlighting energy-efficient projects undertaken by local governments.


Fire Department receives new rating

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners in the city. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a four, which is up from its rating a five where it has remained for the past 30 years.


Looking for a Father's Day outing? Join dad on a double-decker tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In honor of all dads this Father's Day, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation will offer free double-decker bus tours of historic Columbus Sunday, June 17, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.



Student obesity rate drops in Miss.

Posted 6/12/2012 in State

Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.



Columbus schools implement early release Wednesdays; Policy adopted after community leaves meeting

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a flip-flop motion, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Monday killed a motion to approve superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell's 2012/2013 school calendar, which thereby killed Liddell's proposal for an early release program. The motion died on the table without a second from a board member. But immediately after an executive session, board member Aubra Turner made a motion on the school calendar and it passed on a 3-1-1 vote.



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