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LCES director discusses emergency notification system costs

Posted 7/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Emergency Services Director Cindy Lawrence packed a lot of information into her 30-minute appearance at Thursday's Columbus Exchange Club meeting at Lion Hills Center, detailing the work of the LCES, informing the audience how to prepare for emergencies and outlining how her agency operates.


Slimantics: Special session could be a Hail Mary pass for restaurant tax

Posted 7/19/2018 in Local Columns

Since March, when the Lowndes County 2-percent restaurant tax was reduced to ashes, local people -- even Jeff Smith, the man most responsible for killing the tax -- pinned their hopes of saving the tax that supports tourism on a special session of the legislature.


Steel production 'gang-busters' in Columbus

Posted 7/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Madhu Ranade is a member of the Columbus Rotary Club, but he confessed Tuesday he rarely attends the clubs' weekly luncheons.


MSU to cut concession prices 25-60 percent at this season's sporting events

Posted 7/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Mississippi State fans attend games this year, they'll notice a dramatic change in what they pay for things like sodas, hot dogs and nachos.


Study: Columbus losing $1B in retail revenue to other areas

Posted 7/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to his calculations, there is $1.1 billion in retail trade Columbus is losing to other areas, Anthony Michelic told the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce during its annual luncheon Wednesday at Lion Hills Center.


Slimantics: 'Reeves Way' and the politics of patronage

Posted 7/12/2018 in Local Columns

Did Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves bully the Mississippi Department of Transportation into building a $2 million road from his gated community to a nearby shopping center?


CVB cuts staff to stay afloat without tax

Posted 7/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chickens are coming home to roost.


Missing woman slept in deer stands, drank creek water for two days before being found

Posted 7/7/2018 in Area

Victoria Hudson has spent the last two-plus days sleeping in deer stands and drinking rainwater from a creek as she wandered in a wooded area in Clay and Oktibbeha counties trying to find her way out.


Missing woman found alive a mile from wrecked car

Posted 7/7/2018 in Area

A woman missing for more than two days following a Thursday morning car crash has been found alive, Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said Saturday morning.


Restaurant tax: Some restaurants still collecting expired sales tax

Posted 7/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John and Ana were enjoying their Independence Day breakfast at McDonald's on Highway 45 in Columbus when they were alerted to the fact that they may have been overcharged for their meal.


CAFB instructor pilot wins 3 medals in Wounded Warrior games after battle with cancer

Posted 7/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In June, Capt. Hunter Barnhill won one silver medal and two bronze medals in the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Goodbye, Columbus: Retiring Borsig helped MUW through identity crisis in his seven years as university president

Posted 6/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and Jim Borsig was out of uniform. In the place of his normal a suit and tie, he wore blue jeans and an causal button-down shirt, a sure sign his days as president at Mississippi University for Women were drawing to a close.


Lemonade Day aims to teach kids about running a business

Posted 6/29/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When life hands you lemons, start a business. National Lemonade Day, a program designed to teach kids how to start and operate their own businesses is coming to Starkville in August.


Golden Triangle YTD sales tax collections remain steady

Posted 6/28/2018 in Area

Sales tax collections for the month of May were up in Columbus and West Point and dipped slightly in Starkville compared to last May, but fiscal year revenues for all three cities are slightly lower than that in 2017, according to the June report.


Slimantics: Dems face daunting challenges in Senate races

Posted 6/28/2018 in Local Columns

The primaries are over and the stage is set for one of the most unusual general elections in our state history.


Slimantics: New Bulldogs baseball coach grinds his way to one of top jobs in the nation

Posted 6/27/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By 10 a.m. Tuesday, the temperature had already pushed past 90 degrees and the 200 or so Mississippi State baseball fans who had gathered at the right field pavilion at Dudy Noble Field jockeyed for a spot under a tent awaiting the news conference announcing Chris Lemonis as the Bulldogs' new baseball coach.


Ryan's closes its doors after end of lease

Posted 6/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, a small sign on the front door of Ryan's Buffet confirmed the restaurant has closed, more than two months after speculation over the restaurant's future began.


Chancery judges to hold free legal clinic for low-income citizens

Posted 6/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the old quip goes, "Justice may be blind, but it ain't cheap."


Primary run-off elections slated for Tuesday

Posted 6/25/2018 in Area

The general election ballot will be set Tuesday following a pair of primary run-offs for Democratic U.S. Senate and Republican District 3 House of Representatives, but turnout is expected to be low.


Slimantics: MSU's unlikely run in CWS ends in semifinals with two straight losses to Oregon State

Posted 6/23/2018 in College Sports

Quick. Name the best team in Mississippi State baseball history.



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