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Sales tax holiday to include school supplies

Posted 7/15/2019 in Area

Demetria White usually spends about $100 of her own money on classroom supplies each year. She says some of her fellow teachers spend even more.


Storm claim hikes CMSD insurance by $35K

Posted 7/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The total annual premium for Columbus Municipal School District's property and casualty insurance rose about $35,000 due to the insurance claim the district filed after a Feb. 23 tornado severely damaged the former Hunt High School and caused minor damage at a few other buildings.


After Feb. storm, Hunt Museum to move to Union

Posted 7/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 2012, the R.E. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center inside the old Hunt High School building has played host to hundreds of historical artifacts. Hanging on the walls and displayed around the room were documents, letters, photographs, an old washboard and sewing machine, and a typewriter that once belonged to Carlotta Walls LaNair, one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.


SOCSD to consider financial incentive for math teachers

Posted 7/10/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant will begin researching if the district can afford to pay secondary math teachers an annual stipend, something he says will help with low teacher retention in the subject.


LCSD to raise taxes this fiscal year

Posted 7/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After 30 years without raising taxes, the Lowndes County School District board voted Monday to ask the board of supervisors to raise ad valorem taxes by 4 percent -- the maximum allowed by state law without a referendum.


Becoming an American: Local legal residents look to naturalization process for citizenship

Posted 7/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today could be one of the last Fourth of July holidays Gon Carley spends as simply a legal U.S. resident. Soon, she hopes to be a citizen. But when she first arrived in Columbus 14 years ago, she felt like she was on a different planet, rather than just in a different country.


Fireworks can harm property, people, pets: Officials urge residents to heed ordinances ahead of Fourth of July

Posted 7/2/2019 in Area

One year around the Fourth of July, Columbus Fire and Rescue received 12 calls in one day due to fireworks incidents alone.


LCSD sets criteria for superintendent search

Posted 6/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District board laid out their list of criteria for qualified superintendent candidates during a special-call meeting Monday night.


Flooding, sediment in Tenn-Tom has impeded industry

Posted 6/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When speaking about the changes to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as a result of this year's extreme flooding, Mitch Mays showed a photograph of a colleague standing ankle-deep in water surrounded by damp sediment.


Columbus, Starkville participate in federal program to combat summer food insecurity

Posted 6/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 1,000 children whose families struggle with food insecurity receive free breakfasts and lunches every week day in Columbus and Starkville.


SOCSD plans for grant-funded literacy program

Posted 6/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District has solidified its plans for a nearly $148,000 Mississippi Department of Education Literacy Support Grant it was awarded earlier this month that was designed to help school districts with a large number of students with low literacy test scores.


LCSD board upholds Caledonia teachers' transfers to New Hope

Posted 6/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District School Board voted in executive session Monday night to uphold the transfers of three Caledonia High School teachers to the New Hope campus.


New fire truck in Crawford could improve response times

Posted 6/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To Gwen King, the addition of a new fire truck to Lowndes County Fire District 4's modest fleet is a sign of a slowly-improving district.


Camp Rising Sun begins last year at Camp Pratt

Posted 6/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Will Pate had to look at the quilt on display in Camp Rising Sun's mess hall to make sure he recalled the correct year he started attending the camp.


Sim Scott Community Center site nearly prepared for construction

Posted 6/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus and Lowndes County workers have begun laying the groundwork for a new building to replace the Sim Scott Community Center, which was destroyed during a Feb. 23 tornado that caused $9.3 million in damages to public property.


'A sacred place': Caledonia WWII veteran returns to France 75 years after D-Day

Posted 6/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the 75th anniversary celebration of the D-Day landings in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the world watched as 170 World War II veterans were honored by world leaders at a ceremony on the edge of Omaha Beach.


Candidates field questions at citizen forum

Posted 6/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candidates for chancery clerk, District 1 supervisor, District 17 state senator and District 1 justice court judge in Lowndes County touted their years of job experience, business ownership and community involvement as reasons why they would make the best public servants at a candidates forum at the Caledonia Community Center Thursday night.


Local committee responds to tornado

Posted 6/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Community Recovery of Lowndes County has begun taking applications for assistance, as well as volunteers, to help those affected by the Feb. 23 tornado that did millions of dollars of damage to public and private property in Columbus and Lowndes County.


City to pay higher price for cemetery maintenance

Posted 6/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city councilmen voted 5-1 to pay almost $1,000 more per visit for maintenance at Friendship Cemetery despite continuing concerns about the city's spending -- an additional cost that could add between $31,500 to $36,000 per year to the service.


Two suspects charged in robbery at child care center

Posted 6/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two suspects have been formally charged after Columbus police arrested them in connection with a Wednesday robbery at a child care center in north Columbus.



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