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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.


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.


Area high school juniors show improvement on ACT

Posted 11/15/2018 in Area

Columbus High School juniors increased ACT scores in spring 2018, while Starkville High School and Lowndes County School District record higher scores than the state average.


SOCSD invites parents to Thanksgiving: More than 1,800 adult guests expected to eat with students today

Posted 11/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Before students were served their lunches on Tuesday, the Henderson Ward Stewart cafeteria staff was still busy putting the final touches on today's menu. The 12-person team stacked trays of pecan pies, hot dinner rolls, gravy and cranberry sauce for the busiest meal of the year.


Business moves with Mary: Leigh Mall losing two more tenants

Posted 11/8/2018 in Area

Two more stores are vacating Leigh Mall. The Cookie Store, once located by the mall's main entrance, has already shuttered, though a store representative could not be reached by press time.


CMSD second-graders will use robots to learn coding basics

Posted 11/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robots will roam second-grade classrooms at Columbus Municipal School District later this month. Second grade students at CMSD will learn how to code and program two types of robots with the help of mentors from the Golden Triangle Coding Academy Nov. 26-30.


Business Moves with Mary: New salon and boutique in Columbus

Posted 11/1/2018 in Business

There's a new one-stop salon and boutique at 423 Main St.


118 CMSD students taking free college courses

Posted 10/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maya Rush, a Columbus High School senior, will be considered a junior college transfer when she starts classes at the University of Mississippi next fall. Though only 17, Rush has spent her junior and senior years taking college courses and is on track to earn her associate's degree in liberal arts, something she will have in-hand before she receives her high school diploma.


Back in the classroom: Five years of custodial work paved the way for this teacher's dream job

Posted 10/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sandy Devlin knows a good teacher when she sees one. As graduate coordinator for special education at Mississippi State University, she helps prepare future teachers for the challenges they will face when they lead their own SPED classrooms.


MUW to use $1.5M grant to improve student retention

Posted 10/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to make student advising more efficient, Mississippi University for Women will use a $1.5 million grant to purchase a new advising software for students.


Business Moves with Mary: Bank of Vernon coming to Columbus

Posted 10/25/2018 in Business

Bank of Vernon plans to expand to Columbus, but it's not certain when that branch might open.


Renee Sanders named interim executive director for United Way

Posted 10/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renee Sanders has assumed the role of interim executive director for the United Way of Lowndes County.


Private equity group buys AkzoNobel, changes name to Nouryon

Posted 10/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemical now has a new owner and name for its global chemical companies.


Business Moves with Mary: Cook Out makes headway in Columbus

Posted 10/18/2018 in Business

The long-awaited Cook Out project in Columbus has finally begun. Demolition of the old Immanuel Baptist Church property is underway, and restaurant construction at the site should begin shortly after.


Annual MUW career fair draws 21 employers

Posted 10/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alexis Smith walked with a purpose Tuesday through Hogarth Student Union at the Mississippi University for Women. With copies of her resume in-hand, the senior communication major visited all 21 employer booths at the university's annual career fair, hoping to cast a wide net for job opportunities after her scheduled May graduation.


'My best friend': Area dog lovers share pet stories for Adopt-a-Dog Month

Posted 10/15/2018 in Area

When Jessica Horton moved away from her family and friends in Columbus, she knew her next stop was Hawaii Island Humane Society.


'Going green' to save county schools $8M

Posted 10/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District expects to save nearly $8 million in energy savings within the next 20 years.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 'Victorious, not victims'

Posted 10/12/2018 in Area

Betty Powers was sitting under a hair dryer in a beauty salon on Valentine's Day when her daughter, Angie McKinney, called and said she had stage three breast cancer. Powers, who is currently battling lymphoma, stayed strong for her daughter until the phone call ended. Powers remembered her chemotherapy and treatment, but thinking of her daughter going through a similar battle felt more difficult.


Business Moves with Mary: Columbus hotel for sale

Posted 10/11/2018 in Business

If you're driving past the Magnolia Bowl, you may have seen a Rhett Realty sign perched in front of Columbus Inn and Suites.



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