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Heritage Academy: Patriot band scores superior at band festival (link)

Posted 4/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Feds, states want Morgan Keegan to repay customers $2 billion

Posted 4/7/2010 in Business

Federal regulators and four states want brokerage firm Morgan Keegan & Co. to repay investors for alleged fraudulent and reckless business practices they say cost customers more than $2 billion.



AndyK: March 2010 real estate sales stats (link)

Posted 4/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County



VIDEO: Demolition begins at fire-ravaged apartments

Crews started demolition of burned apartment buildings after the Tuesday night fire at Crossgates Apartments.



Caledonia explores investing portion of general fund

Posted 4/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA — With more than $130,000 in Caledonia’s general fund, Caledonia Mayor George Gerhart is exploring the possibility of using some of the money to invest in an interest-bearing certificate of deposit.



Suspects won’t be charged in Aberdeen man’s death

Posted 4/7/2010 in Area

ABERDEEN — Eight individuals being held at the Monroe County Jail will not be charged in the death of the Aberdeen man they allegedly assaulted and robbed.



Abderdeen leaders appeal for peace, healing

Posted 4/7/2010 in Area

ABERDEEN — The crowd at the Tuesday’s meeting of the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen twice applauded appeals for peace and healing from city officials. Now if only they could stop arguing long enough to heal.



Starkville School District to cut half of its teacher assistants

Officials discussed changes that will occur as the Starkville School District completes bond issue construction and faces the coming year with serious budget cuts.



Starkville High hires new football coach

The Starkville School District board of trustees hired a new head football coach Tuesday night. By unanimous consent, the board hired Jamie Mitchell as the high school’s new head football coach. Mitchell will begin July 1 and will also hold a half-time teaching position. His pay was set at $72,500 and includes compensation for his teaching, where he has about 20 years of experience. In February, the board hired former Starkville High School principal Stan Miller as the district’s athletic director. Miller, a retired state employee, recommended Mitchell for the top football job. “We were all in agreement that this man was right for Starkville,” Miller said of the search committee’s recommendation. The search committee talked to 27 candidates and interviewed eight for the position, Miller noted. Mitchell comes to Starkville from Fulton in Itawamba County, but he also coached at Ripley, Olive Branch and Charleston. “Every time he moved into a program, it was losing and he turned it around,” Miller said, adding Mitchell has an overall 114-42 win-loss record. “This man is a proven winner — a mover and a shaker,” Miller said. “He’ll tell you any day Starkville will win another state championship.” New officers Officials also chose a new board president for the Starkville school board in the short-staffed meeting. The Starkville mayor and Board of Aldermen have yet to agree on a replacement for Walter Taylor, who retired last month after 10 years on the school board. The temporarily four-member board chose Bill Weeks to be the next president. Pickett Wilson was elected as vice president, Keith Coble as secretary and Eddie Myles as assistant secretary. The Starkville Board of Aldermen’s meeting was cut short last night by the fire that destroyed three buildings in Crossgates Apartments on Stark Road in west Starkville. The board was expected to attempt an override of the mayoral veto of the appointment of Susan Tomlinson to the school board. Mayor Parker Wiseman wants the board to reflect the school district, which is 60-percent black. The addition of Tomlinson to the school board would make it 80-percent white. The school board handled several other matters of mostly routine business before discussing budget matters and changes that will be made districtwide as bond-issue construction nears completion over the summer. Citizens passed a $26 million bond issue in 2007 for renovation and expansion of school buildings. The board went into closed session to complete Superintendent Judy Couey’s annual evaluation. They will meet again at 6 p.m. May 4 in the Greensboro Center.


VIDEO: Thirty-one residents lose homes, three firefighters hurt in Crossgates fire

Fueled by high winds and dry conditions, fire ripped through three buildings in Crossgates Apartments Tuesday evening, leaving three firefighters injured and sending smoke billowing high into the sky above Starkville.

VIDEO: Fire tears through Starkville's Crossgates Apartments

Fire ripped through three buildings in the Crossgates Apartments in Starkville Tuesday evening, creating a chaotic scene and sending smoke billowing into the air that could be seen for miles around the city.

Council reprimands Smith, Karriem

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Embattled Columbus mayor and city councilman have agreed to drop assault charges against each other. The two also plan to have a discussion about the matter.


MonroeDJ: Longtime Aberdeen business owner dead at 66 (link)

Posted 4/6/2010 in Area



Old river bridge project in limbo

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When city officials credited the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors as partners in procuring $2 million to renovate the Highway 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River at a press conference Wednesday, the supervisors were as surprised as anyone.



International dance event to benefit cancer treatment

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Janet Grace Choongo is considered at high risk for breast cancer. Her great-grandmother and grandmother both died of the disease.



Mayor’s Bribery charges dropped

Posted 4/6/2010 in Area

ABERDEEN —Bribery charges will not be pursued against Aberdeen Mayor Jim Ballard, attorney Jim Waide announced in a written statement this morning.



Supes consider tax exemptions for businesses

STARKVILLE — In an effort to attract more industry to Oktibbeha County, the Board of Supervisors is considering a policy that would offer tax exemptions to businesses bringing 10 or more new jobs to the county.



Oktibbeha County schools optimistic about budget, test scores

STARKVILLE — Oktibbeha County school officials expect the district’s budget to be sound despite cuts; they also anticipate good test scores.


After apology, Karriem arrested for fight with mayor

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem was arrested Monday for his role in the physical altercation he had with Mayor Robert Smith on Thursday.


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