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Columbus native develops more advanced way to test bridges

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.



Columbus hashes out budget; raises planned for city employees

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council doesn't want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.



McQueen reshuffles Columbus police department

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at the Columbus Police Department, with four longtime veterans being reassigned to the patrol division and another being assigned additional duties, in an effort to put experience back on the streets.



Building permits 8-11-11

Posted 8/11/2011 in Business

Building permits Aug. 2-Aug. 8



Marriage and divorces 8-11-11

Posted 8/11/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces July 28 - Aug. 8


VIDEO: Blood, sweat and tears: Crime lab leads with forensic technology to test antibodies

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to implement new technology that will revolutionize forensics, according to Columbus crime lab technicians.


Boil-water notice in effect for Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A water line broke north of the Garrard Road/Pat Station Road area on Old West Point Road in Starkville. Because of the break, there is a boil-water notice for that area. City officials are still trying to determine the exact location of the break. For more information, contact Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill at 662-323-4583.



State looks into possible use of voter-fraud tactics in Oktibbeha

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Big brother will be watching over the Oktibbeha County primary runoff election on Aug. 23. An observer from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office will oversee the election's day operations following the discovery of several irregularities during the Aug. 2 election.



Tourism bureau begins ad blitz to promote Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau is ramping up its advertising ahead of a busy fall season. During the organization's monthly meeting Wednesday, GSDP Vice President of Tourism Development Jennifer Gregory outlined an ad budget that more than doubles the total spent during the last fiscal year.


Rushing returns to Farmers' Market Saturday

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"You can't just sit around polishing your silverware. You got to get out and bring the kids, 'cause there's so many cool things to see," proclaimed Felder Rushing, urging folks to come out to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus.


External link: West Point selectmen pick new police chief, WCBI reports

Posted 8/10/2011 in Area


Old Lee Middle School 'choice property,' but a hard sell

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you think it's hard trying to sell a house in today's sluggish economy, imagine trying to sell a 96,350-square-foot school.

Caledonia aldermen discuss new municipal building

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to engage in a little planning and a lot of wishful thinking as they began the early stages of imagining what they would like to see in a new municipal building.


Columbus may sue security firm over Riverwalk cameras

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After realizing some cameras along the Columbus Riverwalk are ineffective at night, officials said the city may sue for a refund.



Man arrested for May 23 BB assault, robbery

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with shooting a woman's eye with a BB gun, five counts of armed robbery and one simple assault.



Luckett slams Bryant, DuPree runs on own record

Posted 8/10/2011 in State

JACKSON -- One of the Democrats running for Mississippi governor is sharpening his criticism of the Republican nominee, while the other says he's running on his own record and not talking about other candidates.



Hearing scheduled in 'The Help' lawsuit

Posted 8/10/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Lawyers for Kathryn Stockett want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the author of "The Help" of basing a character on a real-life maid who works for Stockett's brother.



Alderman adopt city's master plan

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is finally moving forward with its master plan. The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday adopted the master plan originally tabled last week, as well as Phase 1 which will see the city construct a new, $8.4 million police station at the corner of Jackson Street and Highway 182.



Developer withdraws zoning request for subdivision

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Michael Kraker will give it another go in a month. The Starkville developer's plan for a subdivision at the north side of the nearly completed East Garrard Road in Ward 5 was the center of a public hearing at the Starkville Planning and Zoning meeting Tuesday.


Workshop looks at role of class in poverty epidemic

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To truly help someone you must walk in their shoes. The most common way to support charitable organizations, particularly those with poverty agendas, is through donating money and volunteer hours. But too many times the simplistic approach, though noble and helpful, isn't the most effective long-term method to improve poverty levels.


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