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Big Joe Shelton named manager of Main Street Macon

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Shelton has been named manager of Main Street Macon.

Columbus fans pack movie debut

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been predicted to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and movie-goers Friday morning in Columbus helped confirm that belief. "The Dark Knight Rises," the third and final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's epic Batman saga, opened at midnight at theaters around the country, an opening obscured by the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 50 injured.

12 dead in Colorado theater shooting

Posted 7/20/2012 in National

A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

MSU projects on schedule as fall semester approaches

Posted 7/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past few years, Mississippi State University has been in a constant state of flux. Construction crews and dirt piles have become an ever-present reminder of the university's growth.


City's comprehensive plan ready for public discussion

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A comprehensive plan, designed to set the standards for development and zoning in Columbus, will be making its way before the city council before summer's end. City Planner Christina Berry, whose office spear-headed the project, said the city planning commission has approved the plan. A public hearing on the plan, yet to be scheduled, is the next step in the process.



Steering committee to hold meeting

Posted 7/20/2012 in Area

The steering committee formed to explore creating a tri-county industrial development partnership will hold its first meeting on July 24, it was announced, but the site of the meeting was not disclosed.



Taking it to the streets: CPD officers spending more time patrolling in neighborhoods

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By implementing some new systems, including a more visible presence in the community, Police Chief Selvain McQueen is hoping to make Columbus a safer place for its residents and visitors.



Public Works Dept. to add six employees

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from Public Works Director Mike Pratt for approval to hire six new employees, who will be used for general labor and grass-cutting. Pratt said the additional employees will boost his roster to 73 employees, with an additional five to be hired later.


Sleeping man escapes injury when car crashes into bedroom

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Somehow no one was seriously injured Tuesday when a young woman drove her car through a wall and into the bedroom of an apartment building in west Starkville.


MSU sets new fundraising record at $86 million

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the fifth consecutive year, Mississippi State University has set a fundraising record. This year, MSU received $86 million in donations. That's $6 million more than last year and a whopping $35 million more than it raised in 2007.



Marriages and divorces 7-19-12

Posted 7/19/2012 in Business



Building permits 7-19-12

Posted 7/19/2012 in Business



Six chosen for role on Crawford's new fire board

Posted 7/19/2012 in Area

After years of not having a proper board in place, residents in District 4, including the Plum Grove Community and the Town of Crawford, have made steps to increase fire services in their community.



4-H group learns lessons at 4-County event

Posted 7/19/2012 in Area

A group of 99 Mississippi 4-H leaders received a lesson Tuesday at the 4-County Electric Power Association corporate office.


Former MUW accountant arrested for embezzlement

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi University for Women accountant was arrested today and charged with embezzling roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation while employed with the university.

Starkville Electric begins fiber optics installation

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department will be working all along Highway 182 today installing the first pieces of a city-wide fiber optic network -- the first step toward providing customers with up-to-the-minute usage data.


Aldermen OK municipal project

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the first time in more than two months, the Starkville Board of Alderman approved and implemented the consent agenda Tuesday night, significantly cutting down on the length of the meeting and leaving plenty of time for Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker to give an explanation he felt he owed constituents.



City Council approves paving projects

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved paving projects in its six wards by a 5-1 vote on Tuesday. The dissenting vote came inexplicably from Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made a second to Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box's motion to accept City Engineer Kevin Stafford's paving recommendations.


Financing delays Silicor as deadlines approach

Posted 7/18/2012 in Area

The beginning of September will mark one year since a California-based solar silicon manufacturer chose Lowndes County for its sprawling new facilities. But after pushing the start date back several times, the company may soon be faced with having to request an extension or risk losing the hefty incentive package that state and local officials worked so hard to craft.


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