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Lowndes County Circuit Court 9-5-10

Posted 9/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Circuit Court Judges Jim Kitchens Jr. and Lee Howard handed down the following sentences during the final weeks of the August term that ended Friday:



Governor signs bill banning synthetic marijuana

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Synthetic marijuana is now illegal in Mississippi.



Police out in force for Labor Day weekend

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are bracing for the Labor Day weekend rush, setting checkpoints and working officers overtime.



Gang fight sends Lowndes County inmate to hospital

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five inmates at the Lowndes County jail sent another inmate to the hospital with a broken eye socket Thursday after he refused to join their gang.


Monroe County woman reported missing

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

A 51-year-old Monroe County woman has been reported missing, according to County Sheriff Andy Hood.


Plan to withhold Medicaid funds could cause education cuts

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday $82 million slated for public K-12 schools would instead be placed in the state's rainy day fund.


Couple awakens to find stranger sleeping in home

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County couple was getting ready to go to work this morning when they found a man sleeping in one of their spare bedrooms.


Viva Starkvegas: Downtown block party in Starkville tonight

In anticipation of Mississippi State University's first home football game of the season this weekend against the University of Memphis, a block party will take place tonight in downtown Starkville.


Library funding cuts could mean job losses

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $25,000 cut in city funding to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in 2011 could cost an additional $100,000 and two to four lost jobs years down the line.


4-County to host second Energy Efficiency Expo

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

Are you looking for ways to save energy and save money on your power bill? If so, you'll want to attend the 4-County Energy Efficiency Expo Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to help people learn all about energy efficiency.


Community invited to sign thank-you card for first responders

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Salute to Lowndes County's Finest Committee unveiled a huge thank-you card Thursday for the community to sign and share their thanks to first responders in Lowndes County. Sales manager by day and creative thinker by night, Andy Shurden rolled up his artistic sleeves and created the giant card in his garage.


College enrollment up statewide

Posted 9/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state's eight public universities' preliminary fall 2010 enrollment figures show an increase of more than 3,000 students or 4.1 percent from fall 2009 numbers, the College Board announced Thursday.


Facing shortfall, Oktibbeha County 'learned its lesson' on gas revenue

Oktibbeha County officials have learned their lesson when it comes to budgeting for natural gas severance funds.

Corps of Engineers encourages swimmers to use life jackets

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

Although school is back in session, the weather is still warm, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched a campaign to encourage swimmers to wear life jackets in the water.


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