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State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's early dismissal plan, if implemented, may meet an early demise due to state board of education concerns over policy inconsistencies in other districts.



CVB won't fund Legends concert

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A request for the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to help fund the upcoming Legends concert was withdrawn Monday, after CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter recommended the board not fund the event started by the CVB.


Mississippi State lecturer explores women's roles in Civil War

Posted 6/19/2012 in Area

A former Mississippi State University professor and Starkville native will be giving a lecture on the Role of Women in the Civil War on Wednesday at the second annual Social Studies Teachers Summer Institute held on the university's campus.


Miss. counts how many lack ID under voting measure

Posted 6/19/2012 in State

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.


Local ties emerge as DAR marks bicentennial of War of 1812

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

On June 18, 1812, the young United States of America shocked the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Two centuries later, the conflict known widely as the "second war of independence" is being recognized in Columbus.

New bids expected on old 82 bridge

Posted 6/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Old Highway 82 bridge project will once again be revisited the Columbus City Council. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the board Tuesday will accept bids on the project. The board will vote to accept the lowest bid Tuesday night.


Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.


Helmet Ordinance tops Starkville Aldermen agenda

Posted 6/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold its second public hearing on the possibility of amending the current helmet ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.

Thousands celebrate family and freedom at Juneteenth

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many who gathered at Sim Scott Park, Juneteenth was part homecoming and part history lesson -- a celebration of family and freedom. In its early years, the festival only drew around 1,000 people, but now more than 10,000 attend, said Leroy Brooks, of the Afro-American Culture Organization, which coordinates the three-day event.


City paving projects to be completed this year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The re-paving of some city parking lots and streets is on the horizon for Columbus. City Engineer Kevin Stafford said several projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year.


MSU director co-chairs armored vehicle research team for NATO

Posted 6/16/2012 in Area

The newest co-chair of a research team developing the next generation of ground vehicles for the world's leading military alliance is from Mississippi State University.

Nancy Bragg named state Administrator of the Year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been a year of highlights for Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School, and things just keep looking up, Principal Nancy Bragg said Friday, on her way home from the state Department of Education's board meeting in Jackson.


County to help with city parking lot repaving

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously passed a motion to assist the City of Columbus with some paving projects.


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.


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