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Wind Symphony serenades 2,000

Posted 6/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As concert-goers streamed up the hillside to the overlook at the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam Saturday evening, waves of undulating heat rose from the ground, relentless, unforgiving. The reward went to those who persevered. The timing could not have been more carefully orchestrated. The American Wind Symphony Orchestra took the stage as the sun began its slow decline, and as the first strains of music rang out across the water, the sky blushed the palest of pinks, painting the Tennessee-Tombigbee in a palette of silvered lavender.

Starkville's Curtis places 3rd in national history competition

Posted 6/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A humble 13-year-old, clean cut and well spoken, Bradley placed third in the individual paper category at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Bradley was one of nine Armstrong Middle School students to travel to the competition that included of 2,800 high school and junior high students from across the country. He was the only one from Mississippi to place on the national level.

Noxubee Refuge honors Hamilton with name change

Posted 6/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To honor a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Friday was renamed to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Columbus Police announce suspects in two murders

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police have announced the names of suspects in the 2011 murder of William Vaughan and the 1997 murder of George Wilbanks.

Passions converge for symphony founder Boudreau

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Boudreau is a man of many passions including music, art, architecture and life itself. These passions will converge Saturday as he opens the 2012 concert season for his American Wind Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Tombigbee River in Columbus.

Hester trial continued

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a Hamilton youth minister who allegedly filmed a woman changing clothes in the dressing room of a local store, has been continued.

Shuttle use encouraged, volunteers still needed for concert

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a large crowd expected at Saturday evening's performance of the acclaimed American Wind Symphony Orchestra, organizers are urging attendees to make use of available shuttles for the free event.

Lowndes County plans for new fire stations, renovations

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some Lowndes County fire stations are in line to receive renovations, Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren said this week. At the June 15 meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, the board voted to allow Fondren to advertise the dismantling of a substation in District 3 and the main station in District 2.


Columbus Police Academy up and running

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After being closed for several years, the Columbus Police Academy is back in business. The academy opened its doors in May to offer its services to area residents participating in a citizens academy.



Starkville hit with wave of car burglaries

Posted 6/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A wave of burglaries is sweeping through apartment complexes in Starkville. A worker at one complex said there have been 67 auto burglaries in Starkville over the past week.



Crime report 6-22-12

Posted 6/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating the robbery of a local pizza establishment.


New superintendent to make $150,000 in first year

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two weeks of contract negotiations, Dr. Martha Liddell finally signed the dotted line last Monday, agreeing to a three-year commitment as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District.


Principals named at CHS and CMS

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District named principals for Columbus High School and Columbus Middle School today during a special board meeting of the Board of Trustees. The two new principals will be familiar faces to parents and students; both are longtime assistant principals at the schools they will now run. Jill Savely will be the new principal at the high school, and Freda Dismukes will take the helm at the middle school.


Oboist prepares for symphony despite heat

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Bates is not an ordinary 27-year-old. With an effusive personality as bright as her joyful smile, she's smart, articulate, fun and funny. But she's also a serious and dedicated professional musician.

Sales tax receipts up over last year

Posted 6/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although sales tax figures have dropped slightly in Columbus over the past 30 days, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said the city is still posting higher numbers than predicted for the year. "We collected $809,699 in the month of May and $728,609 in the month of June," Bernsen said. "We are still doing better than we were doing a year ago."

Renasant relies on local contractors for new building

Posted 6/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renasant Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, already has two temporary locations in Starkville, but construction has begun on a new building that will merge the two offices.


Marriages and divorces 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



Building permits 6-21-12

Posted 6/21/2012 in Business



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