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At 85, hospital's 'Volunteer of the Year' going strong

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

In January of 2008, Harold Weeks, alone for the first time in 57 years after his wife, Anna May, had died six months earlier, was looking for a way to make use of free time.


Sheriff on Luke Bryan concert: 'One way in, one way out'

Posted 10/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement organizations are planning for a long, busy day and night Wednesday, when the Luke Bryan Farm Tour comes to Holtcamp Farm near Artesia.


Slimantics: It's a brave new (tasty) world

Posted 10/1/2015 in Local Columns

For about an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday, it was both the best restaurant and the best classroom in town.


Lowndes Co. supes clear way for projects

Posted 10/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors signed off on a variety of requests linked to a pair of major projects during a board meeting Wednesday.


Voter registration ends Saturday

Posted 9/30/2015 in Area

If you have not registered to vote in November's general election, the clock is ticking.


Renovations begin at Depot

Posted 9/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The renovation process is underway at the historic Railroad Depot in downtown Columbus.


Building a safer helmet

Posted 9/29/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dr. Mark Horstemeyer has a small upstairs office at Mississippi State University's CAVS facility. In it, two things catch a visitor's attention.


Area jobless rates continue to fall

Posted 9/24/2015 in Area

With school back in session, unemployment rates again took a major dip throughout the state and the Golden Triangle in August.


Slimantics: The importance of storytelling

Posted 9/24/2015 in Local Columns

The fourth annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival begins this evening, with seven events over four days, concluding Sunday afternoon.


USDA fights endless battle of wits with ingenious beavers

Posted 9/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his weekly column, Columbus historian Rufus Ward often recounts the experiences of the first white settlers to move into Lowndes County in the early 19th century.


Slimantics: Will Ole Miss get over this win?

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Two days before Ole Miss' historic 43-37 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, former Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer talked about the last time - in fact the only time - Ole Miss had ever beaten the Tide as the visiting team.


Annunciation leads state in reading challenge

Posted 9/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students at Annunciation Catholic School have been wearing school uniforms for years. But not Friday.


When Brewer turned the Tide

Posted 9/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his 11 years as the head football coach at Ole Miss, Columbus native Billy Brewer had some pretty good teams.


Lowndes budget flat over last year

Posted 9/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approved a 2016 Fiscal Year budget that will not require a tax increase Tuesday.


Emergency officials rally support for new 911 fees

Posted 9/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A year ago, the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association, which represents emergency management operations in all 82 of the state's counties, pushed Senate Bill 2577, also known as "Operation Quarter Back," which would have returned an additional 25 cents of the $1 fee charged on 911 calls made by cell phones to counties to operate its E911 systems.


Slimantics: Taxpayers are losers in E911 funding shell game

Posted 9/17/2015 in Local Columns

Wednesday in Starkville, a group of local emergency management officials met to hear from Bob Wedgeworth, president of the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association (MCDEMA) discuss the group's legislative agenda.


Lowndes Co. approves budget with $750K shortfall

Posted 9/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and millage rate Tuesday following an hour-long public hearing on the budget.


MSU has fight to take it to wire

Posted 9/13/2015 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE When Devon Bell's 51-yard field goal attempt sailed far right of the goal post, LSU had a measure of revenge and Mississippi State had a stinging 21-19 loss that might change the nature of how the Bulldogs play football this season. There were times, particularly in the first half, that the thought of MSU having a chance to win the game with a field goal seemed laughable.


Non-profit provides heating, cooling assistance

Posted 9/12/2015 in Area

Prairie Opportunity Inc. has been providing heating and cooling assistance for low-income families in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties for 50 years.


Lowndes accepts donated land for horse park

Posted 9/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accepted the deeds from donated property it plans to use for a multi-use horse park facility.



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