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Brandon Sharp will be a senior at Starkville Academy this year, and while some of his peers might have spent their last high school summer on the beach, Sharp spent his on the back of a garbage truck.

Fortune passes passion for biology on to her students

Posted 8/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's always something happening below the surface in Flora Fortune's Columbus High School biology class.

Council expected to put final touches on redistricting plan

Posted 8/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will clear one of its last hurdles before redrawing the lines in some of its six wards. The Council on Tuesday will discuss and adopt an ordinance needed for approval before the final redistricting map can be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.

Artesia population booms during festival

Posted 8/4/2012 in Area

Artesia, a town of approximately 496 people, likely drew a crowd of more than 13,000 last night at the 15th annual Artesia Days Festival.

An officer and a lady

If you ask Starkville Chief of Police David Lindley what sets his department apart from the rest you might expect him to talk about the city's low crime rate or the high morale among officers.


Baldwin wants answers from council on CVB board process

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus restaurateur wants to know why he wasn't considered for a recent appointment made by the Columbus City Council.


Phillips keeps kids out of school in budget impasse

Posted 8/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Del Phillips is no stranger to education budget woes, but Monday he faces a watershed he never reached as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District: School's out -- indefinitely.


Starkville man sentenced to 25 years for DUI fatality

A Starkville man charged with leaving the scene of a May 2011 accident in which an 11-year-old boy was killed and three others injured this week was sentenced in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Wright to receive more than $175,000 in back pay

Posted 8/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright has been awarded $175,043.95 in back pay following the conclusion of his 2011 lawsuit against the district.

School meals aren't what they used to be as emphasis, preferences change

Posted 8/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maybe it was a paper sack, crumpled and creased, taped together and shoved unceremoniously in a backpack every morning. Maybe it was a metal lunch box stuffed with the obligatory peanut butter and jelly sandwich and, if you were lucky, a Little Debbie cookie. Maybe you didn't bring anything at all, preferring to eat in the cafeteria instead.

Louisville Street work running behind schedule

Work on the widening of Louisville Street is behind schedule according to Starkville City Engineer Edward Kemp, and news that the construction will continue is drawing mixed reactions from business owners on the stretch of road.


MSU grants will help rural communities

Posted 8/3/2012 in Area

Rural communities across the state will soon be benefiting economically from the efforts of Mississippi State University.



City officials want more info on consolidation idea

Posted 8/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Board President and District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders plans to continue discussion of consolidating city and county emergency services. And members of the Columbus City Council agreed they need more information to know whether to support the idea.



Columbus events earn recognition

Posted 8/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus events have been named to a Top 20 list created by Southeast Tourism Society.


Crowds flock to Chick-fil-A

Posted 8/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chicken lovers lined up for hours in the Golden Triangle on Wednesday to dine at one of their favorite fast food eateries. And while some may have stopped by the Columbus or Starkville Chick-fil-A solely to get a chicken sandwich, others waited for more than an hour at the crowded chain to not only eat but to take part in a political movement.

Surprise: Drug bust leads to discovery of $1 million in heroin

Posted 8/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four months after making an arrest for what local law enforcement officials believed to be a large amount of cocaine, testing has shown to have also included a large amount of heroin, a drug not common to Columbus.

MSMS celebrates milestone while looking to future

Posted 8/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students have become an integral part of life on the Mississippi University for Women campus -- so much so that when class dismisses each summer, faculty members miss the bright young scholars, said Dr. Jennifer Miles, vice president for student affairs at MUW.


Local reaction mixed to merit pay for teachers

Posted 8/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Educators across the Golden Triangle are watching closely as state lawmakers weigh the pros and cons of performance-based teacher incentives.



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