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Business Moves with Mary: Refrigeration Company 'back to normal' after fire, tornado

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Business

At 2 a.m. Nov. 4, Dennis Jones received a call from the alarm company that protects his business. A window at Refrigeration Supply Company on Tuscaloosa Road was broken, the call reported, and Jones dutifully went to check on it. Turns out, there was a lot more to it than that.


Fairview Elementary receives 5K grant for technology

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fairview Elementary students will begin next year building their understanding of computer technology from the inside-out. Literally.


'We will be proficient': Stokes-Beard Elementary students create video for upcoming state assessment

Posted 4/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a video on social media that depicts two Columbus Municipal School District students as animated characters, cheering about the upcoming end-of-year state assessments.


Business Moves with Mary: Two Brothers Smoked Meats to expand in Cotton District

Posted 4/18/2019 in Business

Right now, Two Brothers Smoked Meats can seat about 35 customers at its restaurant on Rue Du Grand Fromage in Starkville's Cotton District.


Citizens, mayor plead to keep Fred's open

Posted 4/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Delakes Lang, 50, spent her childhood Saturdays walking downtown to shop at Fred's.


Monday profile: A mother's trip back to her daughter

Posted 4/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mary Lou Benton and her daughter, Crystal Rutherford, sat in their monogram shop Thursday afternoon, with nearly 40 customer orders behind the counter.


Business Moves with Mary: Fred's closing three stores in Golden Triangle

Posted 4/11/2019 in Business

Three Fred's stores in the Golden Triangle will close shop by the end of May.


CMSD to use $200K audit windfall to help fund employee pay incentives

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District will use nearly $200,000 of excess funds found in its 2018 audit to help fund its Teacher Incentive Pay Plan.


Labat: LCSD 'deliberately' enrolling city students

Posted 4/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A complaint filed with the Mississippi Department of Education alleges Lowndes County School District is willfully enrolling students who live within the Columbus Municipal School District boundaries.


LCSD enrolling city students, taking MAEP funds, then sending students back to CMSD

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has been left on the hook for educating dozens of former county students for which they have no state funding, and for testing those students without what some officials consider a fair opportunity to prepare them.


Business Moves with Mary: Loaded tea time coming to Columbus

Posted 4/4/2019 in Business

Starting next month, you can find two new places in Columbus to spend your lunch break in a healthier fashion.


MUW pushes women into politics

Posted 4/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are 174 elected members of the Mississippi Legislature. Only 26 of those seats are held by women. Locally, both the Columbus City Council and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have no women serving, while Starkville Board of Aldermen and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors each have one woman seated.


MSU College Republicans to host GOP debate

Mississippi State University College Republicans will host a debate for the Republican primary candidates for governor on campus Tuesday night.


Tornado damage leads 33 students away from CMSD

Posted 3/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With extensive damage throughout Columbus from the EF-3 tornado that touched down on Feb. 23, more than 30 students have relocated and enrolled in schools outside of Columbus Municipal School District.


Union Academy renovations to start by mid-April

Posted 3/29/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With cost estimates still unclear, Columbus Municipal School District plans to move ahead with renovating Union Academy by mid-April.


LCSD eliminating teacher slots to save $3M

Posted 3/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District will non-renew the contracts of all 64 of its first-year teachers at next month's board meeting as a way to save $3 million next fiscal year.


Business Moves with Mary: Generational Credit opens in Columbus

Posted 3/28/2019 in Business

Columbus native, Corey Lockett, opened a credit repair company Friday.


CMSD leaders go door-to-door to involve parents

Posted 3/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When parents didn't show up for the Parent Outreach Academic Seminar on Monday, Columbus Municipal School District officials were not deterred.


MSMS juniors prepare 29th 'Tales from the Crypt' event

Posted 3/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Auriel Quiroz researched Cornelius Hardy, it was the lack of information on his second wife that fueled her theatrical performance idea for "Tales from the Crypt."


Union Academy to open doors to students next year

Posted 3/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cindy Lawrence walked through the doors of Union Academy and for a moment, she was taken back to 1966. That year, Lawrence started her education as a first grade student in the now closed down school. "It brought back so many memories," Lawrence said. "I knew where all my classrooms were. Everything just about looked the exact same."



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