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Movin' Maroon: MSU Students show off their alternative-fuel vehicle

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Renewable energy is often the elephant in the room when thinking of solutions to reduce dependence on foreign oil for everyday transportation. Gas-electric hybrids, electric and hydrogen fuel systems have been developed over the years, but the solution to mass-production hasn't yet been found.


Rain or shine, Starkville will party

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Hopefully, rain won't threaten the Friday night boogie this year. The second annual Downtown Block Party, the first installment of the 2011 New South Weekends events, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 23, the night before Mississippi State University hosts Louisiana Tech.


Bryan falls to Gladney in Oktibbeha sheriff runoff

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- There'll be a new sheriff in Oktibbeha County next year. Steve Gladney outlasted Dolph Bryan 2,753 votes to 2,322 in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff and will face lone Republican candidate Rudy Johnson in November.


Teacher's sexual-battery case continued

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a Lowndes County math teacher accused of sexual battery has been continued until the next session of Lowndes County Circuit Court in December.



Businessman, bank settle out of court

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bank of Vernon, Ala., dropped its lawsuit against Columbus businessman David Shelton. The parties have agreed to settle, according to documents filed in Lowndes County Circuit Court. In its suit, the Bank of Vernon claimed Shelton defaulted on a $887,734.84 loan.



New Hope voters push Wright through to November election

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Poll workers outnumbered bystanders at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday night, as election results slowly flowed in from the runoffs. Most of the candidates watched the results from home, but a few -- like county superintendent of education contender Lynn Wright -- milled the halls and manned their cellphones, sighing and grinning in direct proportion to each precinct's tallies.



East Columbus flood victims may get federal help

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flood-weary residents and business owners in East Columbus will have the opportunity to vent their frustrations and explore federal intervention during a public meeting Thursday evening at Trotter Convention Center.



Sheriff's race set: Arledge vs. McQueen

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leading up to the primary runoff, Lowndes County sheriff's candidate Bo Harris was banking on getting voters to return to the polls.



MUW presidential search kicks into high gear

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a big week for Mississippi University for Women, with students settling into their classes and the search for a new president kicking into high gear.



Steens murder trial continued

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The story unfolded like a bad made-for-TV movie. The neighbors heard gunshots. George Strickland went running across their front yard, retreating into a local body shop.



DuPree wins Democratic nomination for Miss. gov

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Democrat Johnny DuPree made history Tuesday as the first black candidate in modern times to win a major-party nomination for Mississippi governor.


Run-off results for Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local election results, updated through the night.


Libyan rebels storm seat of Gadhafi's power

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Hundreds of Libyan rebels blasted through the green gates of Moammar Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli Tuesday after five hours of intense fighting around it. They beat and killed some of those who defended it, fired celebratory shots in the air and hauled off crates of weapons and trucks with guns mounted on the back.



Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing. No injuries were immediately reported.


New fire station in New Hope could mean faster response time

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The New Hope Volunteer Fire Department is moving to a larger building and a new location, partially to meet growing needs and partially to escape what many in the area call a "nightmare" -- traffic congestion on New Hope Road during the school year.


Polls open 12 hours Tuesday in Miss. for runoffs

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

Most nominees were decided three weeks ago, and each party has only one statewide race on Tuesday's ballot. Democrats are choosing a nominee for governor, and Republicans are choosing one for state treasurer.



Author's letter is focal point in 'The Help' suit

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.



New address system designed to improve emergency reponse

Posted 8/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- About 9,000 Oktibbeha County residents are getting new addresses, as part of an effort to make the 911 system more efficient.



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