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Utility companies: Brace for high bills following freezing temperatures

Posted 2/26/2021 in Area

Starkville Utilities Department has already begun sending out some bills that charge for power used during last week's freezing temperatures, and Director Terry Kemp said customers may be surprised by how high some of those charges are.


CLW forms search committee to find new director

Posted 2/25/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water board of directors has formed a committee to conduct a national search for a new executive director following the death of Todd Gale.


Former city CFO sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement

Posted 2/23/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former chief financial officer for the city of Columbus Milton Rawle will spend up to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after pleading guilty Monday to embezzling nearly $290,000 in city funds.


Columbus mayor hospitalized, released Sunday

Posted 2/23/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is taking a sick week following an approximately 12-hour visit to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle on Sunday.


CAFB student, instructor pilots killed in Montgomery crash

Posted 2/22/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Columbus Air Force Base officials have identified the instructor pilot killed in a plane crash in Montgomery, Alabama, on Friday night.


Supervisors approve bids to remove Confederate monument

Posted 2/20/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved an approximately $80,000 bid with local companies to complete the first phase of relocating the Confederate monument in front of the courthouse.


City under-budgeted debt payments by $1M+ in 2019

Posted 2/19/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus paid more than $1 million in excess of what was initially budgeted for general obligation bond debt in 2019, according to the city's audit report for that year.


Shumake, two others apply for CMSD board

Posted 2/18/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will appoint one of three applicants for an upcoming vacancy on Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.


Winter storm: One fatality, dozens of minor accidents reported on icy roads

Posted 2/17/2021 in Area

After a quiet Monday of responding to only three accidents and several more calls of stranded motorists, Mississippi Highway Patrol officers are investigating two crashes and have responded to more than 40 calls for service since Tuesday morning, due to icy roads caused by the winter storm. "All of a sudden, people kind of don't want to stay at home or something," said MHP spokesperson Sgt. Derrick Beckom.


Downtown developer plans office space, apartments in building next to old Fred's

Posted 2/17/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the owner of both a home and office space downtown, Tom Velek has spent several years eyeing the brick building beside the old Fred's and wishing someone would redevelop it. As of late last month, that someone is him.


Renovations to Fred's give nod to building's past

Posted 2/12/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly two years after Fred's closed on Fifth Street in downtown Columbus, a construction project is underway to transform it into a storage facility with a building design that pays homage to downtown's history.


'Keeping history alive': CAFB hosts aircraft, traveling museum dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen

Posted 2/11/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the afternoon sun shining directly onto the airplane, Robert Johnson of Columbus lifted his 1-year-old son Sirius so that the little boy was eye level with the front propeller of the P-51 Mustang at Columbus Air Force Base Wednesday. "They have big propellers," said Sirius' 5-year-old brother Cinco, and he and several other children ran around the plane to look at it from different angles.


Boyles: Mississippi 'a model' for how to utilize National Guard to fight pandemic

When Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, told Starkville Rotary Club Tuesday that the state's armed forces were hard at work administering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout Mississippi, they didn't have to take his word for it. They could clearly see him speaking from a vaccination site in DeSoto County in the background of his Zoom call.


Corps of Engineers chief of operations recounts effects of historic 2019 flooding

Posted 2/3/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Feb. 27, 2019, Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Operations for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Justin Murphree was on his way home from work when he got a call from his navigation manager telling him there was a problem on the waterway.


Legislators split over 'use-it-or-lose-it' elections bills

Posted 2/2/2021 in Area

Local representatives are split on a pair of bills being considered in the state Legislature that would require election commissioners to send confirmation notices to voters who have not voted in at least one election within a set number of years and to remove them from the Statewide Elections Management System if they do not respond to the notice.


SOCSD invites parents to discuss potential move to year-round school

Posted 1/31/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District plan to hold two meetings with parents next week to discuss modifying the 2021-22 calendar to year-round school.


Area legislators split on alcohol delivery bill

Posted 1/29/2021 in Area

State legislators are considering a bill that would legalize home delivery of some alcohol products. Senate Bill 2804, if passed, would allow package stores and delivery service providers to purchase $500 permits from the Alcoholic Beverage Control under the state Department of Revenue to deliver "beer, light wine or light spirit products," the bill says.


Downtown story walk to promote 'a community of readers'

Posted 1/29/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you read a child a story, she'll ask for another book. At least that's what locals in the book business are hoping comes from the Downtown Story Walk running through February.


Noxubee County man charged with shooting at Tuscaloosa police

Posted 1/27/2021 in Area

A man wanted in Columbus and Macon has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder in Alabama after Tuscaloosa police say he shot at multiple officers at an apartment complex. Devonte Lavon Farmer, 20, of Noxubee County, was arrested for three counts of attempted murder Monday, according to area law enforcement.


MSU giving hundreds of completion grants to financially needy students nearing graduation

Posted 1/27/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hundreds of Mississippi State University undergraduates will receive an extra $1,000 from the university designed to help them make ends meet during their final year before graduation.



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