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CMSD improves scores for second straight year

Posted 8/15/2019 in Area

For the second year in a row, Columbus Municipal School District students' spring assessment scores increased compared to the previous year's.


Wright accused of holding vo-tech post for himself

Posted 8/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright is looking for job security at Lowndes County School District one way or the other. During a special-call school board meeting Tuesday night, board member Brian Clark called out Wright for leaving open the position of district level vocational director, which oversees LCSD's Career Technology Center, so Wright could take the job if he is not hired as superintendent at the end of the year.


Flying free: Dove release coordinator trains, releases birds statewide

Posted 8/10/2019 in Community

Larry Priest loves living in nature. His home -- backed by woods and grass with the Luxapalila River "practically in my front yard" -- is his sanctuary.


Genesis Church building 'one-stop shop' to serve community

Posted 8/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 10 years ago, Genesis Church purchased the old Hughes Elementary School building on 23rd Street North. Pastor Darren Leach took possession of the keys, still unsure as to the condition of the building, but believing in God's plan and prompting.


CMSD, CLW moving forward with internet access plan

Posted 8/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District and Columbus Light and Water boards are moving forward with a combined effort to provide all district students with free internet access at home.


MSMS students' writing included in book of oral histories

Posted 8/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Violet Jira was sitting in her language class when she learned she was officially a published writer.


'Freedom Writer' recounts inspiration he received from high school teacher

While driving through the Golden Triangle, Manny Scott began to pray for guidance in what he should say to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District teachers, staff and administrators during Thursday's convocation.


Area students enter medical school through rural physicians scholarship

Posted 8/2/2019 in Area

In Austyn Holden's hometown of Coldwater -- where the population hovers between 1,200 and 1,300, according to the 2016 estimates -- the nearest hospital is a 45-minute drive.


CMSD will not request millage increase despite enrollment drop

Posted 7/31/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Columbus Municipal School District's public budget hearing Monday night, Chief Financial Officer Tammie Holmes was met with applause when she told the board the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget does not require a tax increase, despite the loss of more than $340,000 in state funds due to a drop in enrollment district-wide.


Excel by 5 coming closer to certification in Lowndes County

Posted 7/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is a step closer to being certified by Excel by 5, a community-based certification group aiming to prepare Mississippi children from birth to age 5 for success in education.


Partnership School still on track for August 2020 opening

Posted 7/27/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite more than a year and a half of delays, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District plans to open its Partnership School with Mississippi State University in time for the 2020-21 school year.


'I felt like his message, for us, is very timely': Freedom Writer to speak at SOCSD Convocation

Posted 7/26/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two years ago, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Assistant Superintendent Anna Guntharp and West Oktibbeha County Elementary School Principal Gabrielle Mills heard Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers, speak at a conference in Orlando, Florida.


Historic bell tolls again on MUW's campus

Posted 7/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women President Nora Miller doesn't remember when the bell inside the Callaway Hall clock tower stopped chiming. She also doesn't know why it suddenly started ringing again.


LCSD revenue expected to increase by about $1M next fiscal year

Posted 7/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District is expecting to bring in $1 million more in revenue over the upcoming year, from $59 million in FY 2019 to $60 million in FY 2020, according to projections LCSD business manager Kenneth Hughes presented at a school board meeting Monday.


CMSD hires consulting firm to assist with Hunt financial reporting

Posted 7/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees took Superintendent Cherie Labat's recommendation during a special-call meeting Monday morning to hire an educational consulting firm to oversee the district's financial operations and documentation pertaining to construction on the former Hunt High School building.


For CMSD board member, Union Academy roots run deep

Posted 7/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus Municipal School District board member Telisa Young was in college, her father gave her a history book. It wasn't the kind of book she was likely to find at the Mississippi State University bookstore or library. It was a hardcover book detailing the history of Lowndes County, and it included her father's entire family history.


Local residents 'excited' by Communiversity

Posted 7/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Mike and Ellen Clark learned their 22-year-old grandson had enrolled in classes at Communiversity, East Mississippi Community College's $42-million advanced manufacturing skills training center on Highway 82 in Lowndes County scheduled to open for classes next month, they knew they had to see it for themselves.


'Back to the old traditions': EMCC adds barbering program at Mayhew campus

Posted 7/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When David Long owned his own salon, he was constantly frustrated by the training -- or lack thereof -- of hairdressers he had working for him.


DueTT bringing 'cool clippers' to market

Posted 7/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The business Tyler Anthony and Thomas White began as college students sprang from a problem White kept encountering in one of his hobbies. For about two years, White -- then an agricultural engineering major at Mississippi State University -- was cutting his friends' and relatives' hair, even posting instructional videos from his work on YouTube.


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.



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