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Pit-bull owner cited for child attack

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.



Emergency management: This is only a drill

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes emergency response agencies, in cooperation with Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, will conduct a disaster drill on Aug. 31, at approximately 8 a.m. on the MUW campus.


Two arrested during Fifth Avenue North burglary

Posted 8/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police faced a litany of aliases and a suspect with no pants when they were called out to a burglary in progress Thursday night. Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Kamesha Cribbs, 32, of 1106 Fifth Ave. N., called at 11:25 p.m. to report someone had kicked in her back door and was inside the house. When police arrived, they found the back door open and glass on the steps.


Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.



Fine arts and fun flourish at Prairie Arts

Posted 8/21/2011 in Area

The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the South's most talented artists, and 2011 will be no exception, pledged Martha Allen, executive director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance. More than 35 fine arts applications have been accepted, and additional entries are expected for the Sept. 3 event.



Runnoff candidates urge voters to return to polls

Posted 8/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For runoff candidates in Oktibbeha County, much of their campaigning over the last three weeks has centered around getting voters to show up and vote for them again.



Low turnout expected for primary runoffs

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.



Johnny DuPree: 'I'm the only candidate who has worked in every branch of government'

Posted 8/21/2011 in State

Johnny DuPree doesn't need to be overly charismatic or wow crowds with eloquent speeches about how he plans to change the state of Mississippi. He's done it, albeit at a local level.



Bill Luckett: 'I love this state and want to make it better'

Posted 8/21/2011 in State

Not being a career politician is a quality Bill Luckett thinks Mississippi needs in its next governor.


Witness to history: Columbus native preserved the history of 10 presidents

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In life, he was the keeper of history. Presidential photographs, letters, memos, campaign materials -- nothing escaped the thin fingers and sharp eyes of the Columbus native who lived simply and died simply but touched time, leaving a signature of his own.

Columbus dentist enjoys role as extra in 'The Help'

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. John Fields isn't heading to Hollywood just yet, but he had such a ball as an extra in "The Help," he might have to give it some thought.


Police, pastors seek joint solutions to crime

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Columbus woman arrested at home for controlled substance

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, and her baby was placed in the care of the child's grandmother after Columbus police officers responded to a 911 hang-up call and found a controlled substance on the premises.



Starkville rocks the park, Sept. 17

Posted 8/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Cindy Melby's travels throughout the country with the band Nash Street opened her eyes to what events small towns can host with limited budgets. Melby, whose two daughters, Caroline and Hannah, are members of Nash Street, has studied event venues and planning in cities of all sizes.



Tenn-Tom ports apply for $30M grant

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



After child mauling, County revisits vicious-dog laws

Posted 8/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

MABEN -- The lack of a vicious dog ordinance in Oktibbeha County could soon change. County citizens are outraged following the vicious attack of five pit bulls on the sons, ages 4 and 10, of Katie and Robertsen Riehle, Saturday on Self Creek Road. Both children were treated at OCH Regional Medical Center, while the older of the two was later transported to University Medical Center in Jackson.



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