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Local farmers fare well through summer

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.



Citizens at public hearing: Involve entire community in grant discussions

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citizens want to involve the entire community in deciding which city properties will be considered for a redevelopment assessment grant. It was the first public meeting concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grant the city plans to apply for.


Two events to honor Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.


CAFB raises security-alert status

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.



Arrest Report 9-8-11

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:



Starkville recognized for its play opportunities

Starkville's commitment to improving the quality and quantity of play access for children paid off Monday with the city's selection as one of 151 "Playful City USA" Communities.



Police department adds three new officers

The Starkville Police Department Tuesday took its first step in rebuilding its force following the loss of seven officers this year.



Oktibbeha County avoids garbage-rate increase

Garbage pickup rates won't increase for Oktibbeha County residents, at least for the near future. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to allow President Marvell Howard to execute the renewal of the county's sanitation contract with Golden Triangle Service District Cooperative.



Starkville schools add doctorate to list of superintendent requirements

The search for a new Starkville School District superintendent begins Monday. SSD officials Tuesday finalized the criteria for the job announcement and accompanying brochure, taking into consideration recommendations from stakeholder and community meetings conducted by the Mississippi School Boards Association, which is contracted by the SSD to conduct the search.



Equipment, pickup truck stolen from Smith Landscaping

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a grand larceny of Smith Landscaping property that occurred in the 400 block of Seventh Avenue North Tuesday morning.



Caledonia employees get raises; water-rate increase rescinded

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- A handful of department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.



Man found guilty of child exploitation, will serve at least 10 years

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A jury found a Columbus man guilty of one of three charges of sex crimes, in Lowndes County Circuit Court last week. Tommie Harris, 31, will serve at least 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.



Brooks calls for openness in budget process

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Lowndes County officials continue to hash out a $38.27 million budget, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks called for a public workshop prior to the board's next meeting, Sept. 15. By state law, the supervisors must adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, by Sept. 15.



Lowndes murder trials continued

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranzino Ahmad Harris will not get his day in court until next calendar year. Harris, of 301 Bishop Circle No. 8 in Columbus, was set to come before 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman during the recent Lowndes County Circuit Court session, but his trial was continued until Feb. 12, 2012.



Former officer: Hire Columbus police chief from within

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following an appeal from a former police officer, city leaders Tuesday said the next police chief is as likely to come from within the Columbus Police Department as outside it.


Link leader elaborates on new solar-silicon company

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes Development Link, knew what Rotary Club members wanted: They wanted to know more about Calisolar. And Higgins was happy to oblige, talking at length about the new industrial-development project during the club's monthly meeting, Tuesday afternoon at the Columbus Country Club.


Monroe County coroner's daughter dies in wreck

Posted 9/6/2011 in Area

Four people were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, where one later died due to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Monroe County Monday night.



West Point man charged in stabbing death

Posted 9/6/2011 in Area

CLAY COUNTY -- A West Point man is charged with murder after stabbing a man at a White Station nightclub late Sunday night, according to the sheriff's department.



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