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Starkville considers changes to sidewalk rules

The evolution of Starkville's sidewalk ordinance was revealed Tuesday, but the debate will go on. During a public hearing during the Starkville Board of Aldermen's first March meeting, Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas laid out a number of proposed changes and variance contingencies which would excuse developers from installing sidewalks in front of new buildings.



New candidates emerge for Oktibbeha races

A slew of new candidates have emerged in the final days and hours of qualifying for county elections.



Severstal sells three U.S. plants in $1.2 billion deal

Posted 3/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal, which operates a flat-rolled steel mill in Columbus, sold three of its U.S. mills to a New York-based investment firm in a $1.2 billion deal, Reuters reported.



NAACP sues over redistricting in Miss. counties

Posted 3/1/2011 in State

Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information.



WTVA: Four arrested in local shooting (link)


Woman airlifted to Tupelo after head-on collision

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman was airlifted to Tupelo and two others were hospitalized after a two-vehicle head-on collision early Tuesday in Lowndes County.


Burglar sets fire to Columbus liquor store

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A liquor store in the Holly Hills Plaza on Highway 45 North was burglarized and set on fire late Monday.



Open houses, lottery set for Columbus schools

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District began taking applications for the 2011-2012 school year Monday, and parents have until March 28 to enter their children in the lottery for one of the district's five elementary schools.



Newspaper's current, former owner qualify for county elections

Posted 3/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man behind The Packet wants a spot on the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, and the paper's new co-owner is running for circuit clerk.


Starkville's State Theater gets new life

This isn't your old State Theater. The latest reincarnation of Starkville's utilitarian Main Street theater, slated to open later this week, includes the familiar bar and music fare supplemented by 35 flat-screen televisions, cigars, cheesecake, chicken wings, wine and the kids from Jersey Shore.

Oktibbeha sheriff makes shooting, meth arrests

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested four men Sunday in connection with an early-morning shooting.

Building an empire: Starkville's Wang finds success with sushi, hibachi restaurants

Posted 2/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since Billy Wang moved from China to the U.S. 12 years ago, he has worked in sushi restaurants all over the country, from New York to Boston to Missouri. As part of his latest endeavor, Wang, 33, owns and operates Umi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Starkville.


Preliminary magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Arkansas; felt in Mississippi

Posted 2/28/2011 in State

Residents across Arkansas and in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi reported on the U.S.G.S. website that they felt the quake.



After-hours dumping, undocumented payments alleged cause of Pratt suspension

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After-hours dumping and undocumented payment are allegedly behind the suspension of Columbus' Public Works director and the firing of another employee.


Take it off: Lowndes man loses 114 pounds and is named '2010 TOPS Mississippi King'

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Willis Logan weighed 12 1/2 pounds at birth. He had always been big and, at one point, tipped the scales at more than 400 pounds.


Columbus on track to surpass fuel budget by $80,040

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As gas prices continue to rise, climbing to levels more than $3.25 per gallon this week, the City of Columbus budget is showing the strain.


Dispatch renovation complete

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations are complete of the front office of The Dispatch's downtown Columbus office, designed to improve customer service.


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