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LCSD seeks cause of 100-plus roof leaks at New Hope High

Posted 2/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roof at the 2-year-old New Hope High School building has leaked as many as 115 times, 38 of which are confirmed splits in the roofing material, project architect Joey Henderson told Lowndes County School board members during a special-call meeting Tuesday evening.


Aldermen issue bonds for park projects on 4-3 vote

A 4-3 vote Tuesday moved forward a resolution for Starkville aldermen to issue up to $25 million in general obligation bonds for park improvements, including building a tournament ready sports complex at Cornerstone Park off Highway 25.


SMART sees 20.5-percent rise in ridership in 2019

Posted 1/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit system saw increased ridership in 2019 for its campus and city routes, director Jeremiah Dumas reported to the board of aldermen Tuesday.


Monday Profile: A newspaper career with the wax burns to prove it

Posted 1/13/2020 in Area

Burns from a wax machine. Tiny nicks on her hands from an exacto knife. Stephanie Minor remembers firmly, even somewhat fondly, these markers of her early years working in the small-town newspaper business.


Buxton takes over as interim principal at Sale

Posted 1/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robyn Buxton roamed the halls of Sale Elementary as a wide-eyed first grader in 1971, probably at that time with no desire to ever be in the principal's office. Now, that's exactly where she wants to be.


MSU aerospace engineering instructor reflects on 35 years of designing airplanes

Posted 1/6/2020 in Area

Rob Wolz is in his second year as a full-time aerospace engineering instructor at Mississippi State University.


'Go feed the strippers': Local pastor's wife once led a strip club ministry in Nashville, Tennessee

Posted 12/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since January, Erin Stevens' life has looked pretty standard by Southern Baptist pastor's wife standards.


2019: Starkville's year in review

Posted 12/28/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Development, or at least the promise of future development, dominated headlines in Starkville and Oktibbeha County in 2019.


'Almost Like Home': Volunteer group feeds first responders on Christmas for eighth year

Posted 12/28/2019 in Community

It was a matter of minutes before Starkville firefighters were scheduled to eat Christmas dinner Wednesday evening at Fire Station 1 downtown. Then a call sent several of the firefighters on duty scrambling to a business on Highway 12 not knowing what exactly awaited them or when they would return.


Columbus woman rings bell every year for Salvation Army despite health issues

Posted 12/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bundled up in a coat and scarf, Patricia Hollis smiled and spoke to customers outside Kroger in Columbus Wednesday morning as she rang the familiar Salvation Army bell.


Monday Profile: Starkville native uses Fulbright scholarship to embark on new adventure

Posted 12/16/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Morgan Villavaso is out there living her best life. Now, she just needs to keep her mother, Chrissy Poole, from "having a heart attack" in the process.


LCSD to borrow up to $2.6M to make payroll

Posted 12/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second straight year, Lowndes County School District must borrow money to make December payroll.


CMSD students using animation software to 'Return to Oz'

Posted 12/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cherie Labat has been superintendent for Columbus Municipal School District for about a year and a half. Her next role for the school may very well be on the big screen.


CMSD taps architecture firm to design Hunt restoration

Posted 12/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has tapped an architecture firm to design the restoration project for the former Hunt High School.


Monday Profile: MSU visiting professor chronicles 125 years of work on Latin thesaurus

Posted 12/9/2019 in Area

Christian Flow's third year at Harvard proved pivotal. The classics major lacked direction and as the challenges of the real world loomed close on the horizon, he still hadn't found his passion.


Home Base: In my hometown, Baby Jesus finally goes to church

Posted 12/6/2019 in Local Columns

Thirteen years ago, when I was editor for my hometown weekly newspaper in Warren, Arkansas, I sat at a conference room table in a bank across from two very proud women.


CMSD requests performance audit of spending from state

Posted 11/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District wants the State Auditor's Office to conduct a performance audit of district spending. But it's likely the auditor's office will tell them to look elsewhere for that service.


Monday Profile: Retired school attendance officer impacts community through benevolence, on-stage talent

Posted 11/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sitting at a pew in First Church of Christ Holiness on Saturday afternoon, Ross Williams reminisced while he waited. "This building was built in the mid-1960s," the church clerk, deacon and lifelong member recalled.


Mississippi National Guard becoming 'operational force'

Posted 11/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eighty-seven paratroopers landing in trees at Camp Shelby Army Base may sound like bad news. Major Gen. Janson Boyles, adjutant general for the Mississippi Army National Guard, didn't entirely see it that way.


Sam Allison hired as LCSD superintendent

Posted 11/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope Middle School Principal Sam Allison will get a big promotion Jan. 1.



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