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Starkville restaurant manager picked again for Columbus CVB post

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Bernard Buckhalter was re-appointed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote of the city council. Buckhalter is the manager of a Wendy's chain restaurant in Starkville.

Summer reading programs keep kids intellectually engaged

Posted 7/5/2012 in Area

School's out for summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more pencils, no more books for local students, many of whom are already immersed in reading assignments for the upcoming school year. While students may groan and parents may wonder what happened to the carefree vacations they remember, educators, backed by statistics, favor summer reading as a way to prevent "brain drain" -- the loss of critical skills attained in the classroom and shoved in the locker when the dismissal bell rings each summer.

 

Research provides help in battle against domestic violence

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

A recent study conducted by the Columbus Police Department will be used to combat domestic violence. The research project, created through the office of Chief Selvain McQueen, shows more than 100 domestic violence cases have been reported in Columbus between January and July.

 

Dry conditions, fireworks: hazardous mix

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

Fireworks have become almost synonymous with Independence Day; they are bright, colorful, loud and conjure images of "the bombs bursting in air" made famous in our National Anthem. But dry conditions this year may put a damper on some of the celebrations.

Monday profile: Moulds' career switch lands her in district attorney's office

Posted 7/2/2012 in Area

Katie Moulds was contemplating attending medical school after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University, but a summer internship changed her career course forever.

Heat wave's effect on farming uncertain

Posted 6/29/2012 in Area

The Golden Triangle is set to experience the summer's first significant heat wave this weekend, and while most people might be scrambling to find sunscreen, bottled water and shade, area farmers are left waiting to see how their crop preparation has paid off.

 

Family sues over teenager's death

Posted 6/28/2012 in Area

The family of a teenager shot to death New Year's Day in West Point has sued the owners of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.

 

MSU at forefront in fight against cyber crime

Posted 6/27/2012 in Area

Dr. Rayford Vaughn Jr., associate vice president for research at MSU and head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, gave a brief overview of the department's offerings and accomplishments during Tuesday afternoon's Columbus Rotary Club meeting at the Columbus Country Club.

Mississippi State lecturer explores women's roles in Civil War

Posted 6/19/2012 in Area

A former Mississippi State University professor and Starkville native will be giving a lecture on the Role of Women in the Civil War on Wednesday at the second annual Social Studies Teachers Summer Institute held on the university's campus.

Local ties emerge as DAR marks bicentennial of War of 1812

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

On June 18, 1812, the young United States of America shocked the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Two centuries later, the conflict known widely as the "second war of independence" is being recognized in Columbus.

 

Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

 

MSU director co-chairs armored vehicle research team for NATO

Posted 6/16/2012 in Area

The newest co-chair of a research team developing the next generation of ground vehicles for the world's leading military alliance is from Mississippi State University.

A welcome change: Drop in gas prices has little effect on city's budget

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

After months of grim forecasts and overwrought predictions, gas prices did the exact opposite of what was predicted and took a nosedive. According to gasbuddy.com the average price in Columbus is $3.27 a gallon, with the lowest prices being $3.23 a gallon at Murphy USA. The highest price was found at Sandfield One Stop with a price of $3.39 a gallon.

Caveat Emptor: Law enforcement sees surge in scams

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

Local law enforcement are urging the public to be "suspicious and cautious" of several different scams that both the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office have had an increased number of reports for.

 

Cyberstalking cases are hard to prosecute

Posted 6/11/2012 in Area

Stalking laws have been on the books in the United States since the early 1990's, and in 2003, following suite with a number of other states, Mississippi enacted a felony cyberstalking statute to help fight digital victimization. Even so, only a relative few cases are prosecuted.

 

 

Caledonia outlines municipal complex plans

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

It may not be the Taj Mahal, but Caledonia aldermen believe the new municipal complex they're planning will be a welcome improvement for the community.

 

Judge Kitchens frustrated with state sentencing laws

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

16th District Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens says state laws creating leniency on time served for convicted criminals is undermining the justice system.

Sex offender captured after chase

Posted 6/8/2012 in Area

After eluding authorities in Pickens County, Ala., a Columbus man is behind bars, charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

 

Nothing foggy about mosquito control

Posted 6/7/2012 in Area

There are two things associated with summer in Mississippi: oppressive heat and humidity and the presence of mosquitoes. Summer in Columbus are no different.

 

 

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