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'A calm chaos:' Columbus native living in Tokyo recounts moments after disaster

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday before last, Mary Simmons sent her brother in Atlanta a text message from her Tokyo apartment: It said, "Big earthquake in Japan. Epicenter not Tokyo. I'm safe and warm."

Monday Profile: Weeping Willie, neighborhood poet

Posted 3/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Weeping" Willie Lang became a poet literally overnight. About 14 years ago, Lang was sleeping in his house near Helen's Kitchen, where the now out-of-work radio talk show host can usually be found drinking coffee and selling poetry.


New blues mural planned in Aberdeen

Posted 3/21/2011 in Area

ABDERDEEN -- The city of Aberdeen will dedicate a new blues mural on April 29 -- the first weekend of Pilgrimage -- as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail.



Smithville woman dies from wreck injuries

Posted 3/21/2011 in Area

A 43-year-old Smithville woman died Sunday in Tupelo, a day after she was airlifted from a one-vehicle wreck in Monroe County.



Analysis: Remapping sets tone for coming decade

Posted 3/21/2011 in State

To hear some people tell it, Mississippi's legislative redistricting process is one step toward a fiery political Apocalypse.


Longtime Columbus hotel Gilmer Inn has colorful past

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When now-and-then resident Craig Oswald looks at the Gilmer Inn, he sees a treasure trove of history and a cast of colorful characters. But that's not how the inn is seen by its neighbors.


Police: Woman charged with perjury in falsified kidnapping

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old woman was charged with perjury Thursday after she recanted claims that her ex-boyfriend had kidnapped, beaten and shot at her in late December.



Caledonia man the biggest loser for Lowndes Shrinkdown

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started with a personal goal: Get 50 pounds lighter, regain some energy. Mike Chandler, 47, never expected to win the 2011 Lowndes County Shrinkdown challenge.


Courthouse facelift in full swing

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputy clerks plug away on computers, packing small boxes in their free moments. Meanwhile, it still is a public office, with customers coming in sporadically.


City of Starkville to revive bus system

Posted 3/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mass transit, vanishing research dollars and record enrollment were all on Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum's mind Friday during his quarterly roundtable meeting on campus with Starkville and Oktibbeha government types. Members of MSU's faculty are currently working on a proposal which would return buses to the streets of Starkville for the first time in five years.



Oktibbeha leaders weigh impact of House redistricting

Posted 3/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As plans to increase the number of Mississippi House districts in Oktibbeha County from four to six make their way through the Legislature -- and possibly into court -- local leaders say they'd prefer fewer, but more won't bring the house down.



Starkville Electric Department clarifies reasons behind rate changes

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The head of the Starkville Electric Department is urging customers to look at its new rate system as an opportunity to control their energy use.



MUW announces new heads of academics, student services

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women announced two key leadership positions following recent approval by the state College Board.



Cadence, Link on short list of local firms offering smartphone apps

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mobile banking isn't anything new, but Cadence Bank's recently unveiled iPhone application is blazing new trails in Starkville.



Grant bolsters Starkville recycling program

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starkville is banking on an MDEQ grant to get more green trash bags on the street.


Hearing postponed for Elbow Room shooting suspect

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Municipal Court hearing to appoint a public defender for the man suspected of a double homicide at the Elbow Room Lounge has been postponed until April 7.


Lowndes circuit clerk's office partially closed Friday

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office, on the second floor of the Lowndes County Courthouse, will be open only for minimal business and emergencies on Friday.



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