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Photo: College Street cleanup

Posted 11/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Clean-up crews clear sodium hydroxide on College Street between Third and Fourth streets Saturday. The sodium hydroxide, which is a substance used to make soaps, leaked from a truck Friday afternoon, said Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence. EMA, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Columbus Fire and Rescue crews spent Saturday cleaning the mess. The sodium hydroxide is not dangerous and will not hurt people or damage buildings or yards.

 

Dem's lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race

Posted 11/17/2018 in State

Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity.

 

Victim in New Hope crash tentatively identified as Columbus man

Posted 11/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities believe the victim of a fatal car accident Friday could be a 20-year-old Columbus man.

MSU football drives Airbnb boom in, around Starkville

Posted 11/17/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bob "Pop" Taylor started using Airbnb for an upstairs apartment above his barn in 2014 as an alternative to renting to college students.

'The thrill of the hunt': West Point conservation estate hosts state's first helice field

Posted 11/17/2018 in Area

Mike Duke began helice shooting as a challenge from friend Jimmy Bryan. The West Point native had never before tried shooting at targets which, unlike traditional clay shooting, could be launched in multiple directions, meaning he'd have to be quicker than usual to aim at and hit the targets.

 

CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling

Posted 11/17/2018 in National

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.

 

 

Columbus bank to grow past $1B as it buys Alabama bank

Posted 11/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi bank's assets will grow to more than $1 billion as it buys an Alabama bank. BankFirst Capital Corp. of Columbus announced this week that it was buying FNB Bancshares of Central Alabama, based in Tuscaloosa.

 

Good Thanksgiving fellowship: City holds 12th annual Thanksgiving luncheon at Trotter Convention Center

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sitting at a table in Trotter Convention Center Thursday, Ruthie Armistad patiently waited for her lunch plate. When it came, right on time, it was filled with all the trappings of a Thanksgiving meal.

Failing no more: How principals, teachers at two area schools led their campuses out of MDE's ratings basement

Posted 11/16/2018 in Area

In August, Franklin Academy Principal Tawan Williams walked into the school library where her teachers sat waiting. With a sense of pride and optimism, she delivered the long-awaited news -- Franklin, an elementary school in the struggling Columbus Municipal School District, was a C-rated campus.

MSU architecture students show possible Boys and Girls Club facility designs

Posted 11/16/2018 in Area

Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle leadership previewed design plans for new facilities in Starkville and West Point on Thursday evening.

LCSD to borrow $2.5M to offset budget shortfall

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees voted in special session Thursday to secure $3.5 million through a $1 million withdrawal from its 16th Section Interest Account and $2.5 million tax anticipation loan to meet expenses for the final two months of the year.

Former employee of Lowndes health clinic charged with embezzlement

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former employee of Lowndes County Health Department has been indicted for embezzlement.

Photo: Remembering a water skiing legend

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bobby Miller's home was in Columbus, but his heart was on the water. Miller, a life-long Columbus resident and 1946 graduate of Lee High, died Thursday at age 90. While friends and family knew him in many ways, Miller was best-known in the community for his love of barefoot water skiing, a sport he took up as a teen. His devotion to the sport (he quickly acquired the nickname "River Rat") led him to become a founding member of the Tombigbee Stump Jumpers, helping inspire generations of skiers. Miller continued his barefoot skiing into his 80s, marking his birthday each year with a barefoot ski run. He was and remains an inspiration not only to water skiing fans but to all those who learned from him is that their is no age limit for your passions in life.

 

Senator spoke of 'difficult' voting for liberals in video

Posted 11/16/2018 in State

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.

 

 

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

Posted 11/16/2018 in National

The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup.

 

Photo: Chancery judge runoff

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 14, Place 2 chancery judge candidates Joe Studdard and Carrie Jourdan speak at a forum at Mississippi University for Women's Parkinson Hall Wednesday night. Organized and hosted by MUW students, the forum gave the two candidates a chance to discuss their qualifications and answer questions before they face each other in a runoff election on Nov. 27.

Business Moves with Mary: Idea Shop opens in Starkville

Posted 11/15/2018 in Business

Mississippi State University students and upcoming Starkville businesses can find their next step on Main Street.

GoFundMe to offer refunds for Vargas campaign

Posted 11/15/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

GoFundMe has announced that it will offer refunds to donors who contributed to a campaign for Lenin Vargas-Gutierrez that is part of an ongoing federal fraud investigation.

Unresolved issues still in play for Oktibbeha industrial park

Posted 11/15/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's industrial park is coming along well, according to Golden Triangle LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins, but crucial issues to the site's future remain unresolved.

Ailing mother searching for daughter who ran away with carnival

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities in Waynesboro are asking the public's help locating a woman who left town with a traveling carnival in 2015.

 

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