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New production, competitions keep Starkville Community Theatre busy

Posted 1/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the Mississippi Theatre Association's annual awards ceremony in Meridian, Starkville Community Theatre members are preparing for a new production at the Playhouse on Main and a trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Hotbed of activity as pickup truck catches fire at YMCA

Posted 1/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Andy Hill had just parked in the back parking lot of the downtown YMCA at about 8 a.m. today when he looked behind him to see flames engulfing his truck bed.


Arrest report 1-27-11

Posted 1/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers tips led to four arrests last week, two for an Artesia armed robbery and two for a Columbus burglary.



Local employment picture brightens

Posted 1/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi turned overall employment in the right direction in 2010, adding 3,600 non-farm jobs, though the manufacturing and construction sectors continued to fall, the state Department of Employment Security said Wednesday.


County goes to court for remaining soccer park land

Posted 1/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five properties totaling less than two acres are all that remain to be purchased at Burns Bottom for the long-awaited soccer complex.

For West Point minister Cochrane, patience is a virtue

Posted 1/27/2011 in Area

When she was a young girl living in Tallahassee, Fla., the Rev. Rita Cochrane told her grandmother she wanted to preach. Maybe someday, she was told, but not now. But that desire to be in the pulpit was always in the back of her mind.


Fund established for Oktibbeha constable battling cancer

Posted 1/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Family and friends of Oktibbeha County Constable Jimmy Shurden have established a bank account in his name to help pay his mounting medical bills from a battle with cancer.



Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Business

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.



Franklin students evacuated briefly after heating unit overheats

Posted 1/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School was evacuated briefly this afternoon after the motor in one of the school's heating units overheated.



Scott Colom: Entrepreneurs and the new marketplace

Posted 1/26/2011 in Business

Charles O. Perkins and Mario Murray have at least one thing in common: They are both using Facebook to sell something.



Tupelo promoted as complete shopping destination

Posted 1/26/2011 in State

Downtown Tupelo and The Mall at Barnes Crossing should be partners, not competitors, according to initial recommendations from a consultant.


State of the Union leaves local politicos skeptical

Posted 1/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Immediately following President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, local Republican and tea party members offered skepticism of the president's commitment to bipartisanship.

Kitchens: Without courtroom, 'no benefit' from third circuit judge

Posted 1/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has a third judge - now it needs a courtroom for him.

Starkville woman fights off purse snatcher

Posted 1/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A woman fought off a would-be purse snatcher Friday in the AT&T parking lot on Highway 12.

City to help Starkville woman forced out of flood-ravaged home

Posted 1/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A steady rain fell on Starkville Tuesday morning as Susan Shappley watched the water rise in the channel behind her former home on Maple Drive.


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