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Arrest report for 7-22-19

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Having a blast: Columbus native lands chef job at Space and Rocket Center; Starkville children look to the stars

Posted 7/19/2019 in Area

Normally, Clementine Stallworth DeRoode's day as executive chef at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, starts at 7 a.m. This week, with daily events in celebration of Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, as well as regular museum operations and summer camps, she's been getting to the kitchen at 4 a.m. and going home around 9 p.m.

Monday Profile: Stepping into a new classroom

Posted 7/15/2019 in Area

If you've been to The Junction -- a dance hall for "family fun" as the flashing sign on the building purports -- then you've seen Diane Clark. On any given Friday night in the hall at Phillips Hill Road and Highway 182 in Columbus, Clark leads the dance floor with a couple other women, clapping, screaming and high-fiving after every song the live band plays.

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.

CMSD teacher turnover numbers improve

Posted 7/13/2019 in Area

Teacher retention rates improved at Columbus Municipal School District following the 2018-19 school year. CMSD reported a teacher turnover rate of about 17 percent -- a step up from 2017-18 when roughly a quarter of teachers departed the district.

Sturgis prepares for annual bike rally

Posted 7/13/2019 in Area

Rodney Lincoln and Billy Blankenship expect a big turn-out for this year's Sturgis Bike Rally next month. By a large margin, it is the town's biggest event.

Cooling off hot dogs: West Point animal shelter collecting Gatorade bottles to freeze water for canines during summer

Posted 7/12/2019 in Area

At the West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter on Thursday, a house-like building adjacent to a grassy field guarded by barbed wire, dogs languished in kennels, on the concrete floor of a structure once part of a livestock yard, surrounded by big fans and a misting system.

Preliminary report on fatal plane crash expected within a week

Posted 7/9/2019 in Area

On Monday, the yellow tape that cordoned off the accident scene could be seen in the distance from the balcony of the Ole Miss Golf Course as the principal investigator provided an update on the plane crash that took the life of a Starkville teen pilot.

Discovering where they've been: Area residents use DNA testing, genealogical research to place ancestors throughout American history

Posted 7/6/2019 in Area

The 1900 census lists two children -- 11-year-old Lillie and her 10-year-old brother -- living with the Eubanks family in Louisville. The problem is, said Columbus native Carol Anne Beard, Lillie's great-granddaughter, that Eubanks isn't the last the name the children were born with.

Music on the battlefield: From fifes and drums to banjos and bugles, the role of music in the American military spans from the Revolutionary War to today

Posted 7/6/2019 in Area

On a hot summer's day, William Pat Arinder sat outside a log cabin built in 1838, frailing "Oh! Susanna" on an 1850s banjo. He wore a buttoned-up wool Confederate jacket, faded grey with red detailing at the collar and sleeves, designed for a lanky artillery soldier, with tall leather riding boots and a brown hat embellished with a gold 'C' on the side.

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.

Arrest report for 6-27-19

Posted 6/27/2019 in Area

Arrest report for 6-24-19

Posted 6/24/2019 in Area

Combating human trafficking: Area law enforcement agencies join regional task force to pool local, state, federal resources to combat modern slavery

Posted 6/22/2019 in Area

A kidnapped woman escaped from an 18-wheeler stopped in West Point after she'd been moved from place to place against her will for weeks. Another young girl was found in a Clay County drug den after being reported missing in Arkansas and trafficked through multiple states. Those are just two victims area law enforcement know of this year who were caught up in what the Mississippi Attorney General's Office says is the world's fastest growing criminal industry: human trafficking and modern slavery.

Arrest report for 6-19-19

Posted 6/19/2019 in Area

Recovery House, CCS merger leads to more services for patients

Posted 6/18/2019 in Area

Women seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction through Recovery House in Lowndes County now have immediate access to additional services since Community Counseling Services acquired the program in January.

Arrest report for 6-17-19

Posted 6/17/2019 in Area

Arrest report for 6-16-19

Posted 6/15/2019 in Area

GTECHS scores will be credited to home districts

Posted 6/14/2019 in Area

Golden Triangle Early College High School students' accountability exam scores will be credited to each student's home district as of this fall.

CMSD, SOCSD each see benefits in opposite bus approaches

Posted 6/13/2019 in Area

Columbus Municipal School District spends roughly $1 million less than Starkville per year to provide bus service for its students by outsourcing its operation. But Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District officials are convinced the control and efficiency gained from operating the service in-house is worth the cost difference.

 

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