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Fifth suspect arrested from Cotton District fight

Posted 9/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Police made a fifth arrest Friday in the investigation of a Cotton District fistfight in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

Skate park, playground, pool renovations on Parks improvement plan

Posted 9/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A variety of renovations and additions to local parks in the next few years are under consideration, including a skate park, a wheelchair-accessible playground, a new Moncrief Park pool house and the movement of Starkville's community garden from one park to another.

Two CAFB officers among those who march 100 miles from New Jersey to Ground Zero to commemorate 9/11

Posted 9/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Air Force officers Maj. Jonathan Leetch and Capt. Matthew Carpenter had been walking 32 hours, without stopping to sleep in a hotel or eat at a restaurant, when they arrived at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Wednesday. It had been 18 years to the day since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Property tax rates go down for Lowndes, LCSD

Posted 9/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Property tax rates are dropping for Lowndes County and its school district after the tax assessor's office changed the way it will tax a local power plant.

Columbus native helps save life in Pearl classroom

Posted 9/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Greg Jones performed CPR in a real emergency, it wasn't enough. Jones was on leave from military duty and he and two volunteer firefighters -- one of whom was Jones' brother -- were trying to help an unresponsive woman in New Hope. She didn't make it.


Dem seeks cash for 2020 challenge of Miss. GOP senator

Posted 9/14/2019 in State

A Democrat who tried to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi last year is seeking money to challenge her again in 2020.



Agency seeks to shorten lines at driver's license offices

Posted 9/14/2019 in State

The head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Friday that his agency is working to reduce long waiting times at driver's license offices.



2 city ex-workers say they were fired because they are white

Posted 9/14/2019 in State

Two former employees of a southwest Mississippi city are pursuing legal action, claiming black officials fired them because they were white.



House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

Posted 9/14/2019 in National

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress.



Coming for your AR-15? O'Rourke scrambles Democrats' gun message

Posted 9/14/2019 in National

Beto O'Rourke's "hell yes" moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns.



White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

Posted 9/14/2019 in National

The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.



China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

Posted 9/14/2019 in National

China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations.



States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

Posted 9/14/2019 in National

The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.



Auditor calls to abolish Blues Commission, cites misspending

Posted 9/14/2019 in State

Mississippi's state auditor says accounting and contracting problems at the state's Blues Commission are so severe that the commission should be abolished and its responsibilities handed to the nonprofit Mississippi Blues Foundation.


Lowndes port lands grant to upgrade equipment

Posted 9/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in 14 months, the Lowndes County Port Authority has landed a major grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation to upgrade equipment at its facilities.

After nearly three years in legal limbo, North Star Industrial Park can move forward

Posted 9/13/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Supreme Court put the final nail in the coffin last week on a civil lawsuit that lasted two years, eight months and challenged the rezoning of the North Star Industrial Park property in north Starkville.

Beard takes office; City approves FY 2020 budget

Posted 9/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Ward 4 Columbus councilman, Thursday's first special-call council meeting was short and sweet.

Community Counseling hopes to reach 400 more youth with $5 million grant

Posted 9/13/2019 in Area

Community Counseling Services administrators want to reach at least 400 more youth with the help of a nearly $5 million grant to expand services throughout the Golden Triangle and beyond over the next five years.

Columbus teen killed in Alabama car crash Thursday

Posted 9/13/2019 in Area

Two people, including a Columbus teenager, died in a two-vehicle accident in Lamar County, Alabama Thursday.


Reeves camp says Hood report on road project is 'deceptive'

Posted 9/13/2019 in State

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' campaign said Thursday that an investigative report about him that was published by his rival in the Mississippi governor's race, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, is "deceptive."



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