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Ceco property sold to investment group

Posted 4/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 30-acre plot of land that was once home to the Ceco Metal Building Systems plant on Highway 45 has a new owner.

Supervisors name Short interim recreation manager

Posted 4/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Supervisors unanimously voted to name Roger Short the county's interim recreation manager Friday. The vote follows the board tabling the matter on Monday, because the county had not created a job description for the position.

Columbus mayoral race gets ugly

Posted 4/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tensions mounted in the Columbus mayoral race last week between incumbent Robert Smith and one of his challengers, former city police chief Selvain McQueen, as both accused the other of unprofessionalism and dirty politics.


Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal

Posted 4/22/2017 in Business

A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.



Retirement for O'Reilly? He'll have other options

Posted 4/22/2017 in National

Chances are you haven't heard the last of Bill O'Reilly. He'll have options, and retirement seems unlikely.



Trump tells 'dreamers' to rest easy, targets criminals

Posted 4/22/2017 in National

Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump says, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies.



Attorneys general to Trump: Don't cut drug treatment funds

Posted 4/22/2017 in National

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money.



Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Posted 4/22/2017 in National

Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.


Tuition hikes to hit hard at The W, MSU

Posted 4/21/2017 in Area

Heather Evans drove up from her home in Kemper County to Columbus Thursday to spend the day with her daughter, Hannah, a freshman at Mississippi University for Women.

Chamber hosts education awards

Posted 4/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cheyanne Allred was shocked to hear her name called.

Clay Co. man indicted for child porn

Posted 4/21/2017 in Area

A Clay County man has been indicted for possession of child pornography.

New SOCSD superintendent pledges to create '21st century school district' in Oktibbeha

Posted 4/21/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Incoming Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant says he's committed to creating a 21st century school district that prepares students for future job markets many have yet to envision.

Photo: Three empty chairs

Posted 4/21/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three empty chairs sat in front of constituents during a town hall meeting at the Oktibbeha County Chancery Courthouse in Starkville Thursday evening, in what was meant to be a discussion between citizens and their U.S. congressional delegation. Indivisible Golden Triangle staged the town hall, inviting Sen. Thad Cochran, Rep. Gregg Harper and Sen. Roger Wicker. All three declined. The questions constituents would have asked the men were written down and will be delivered to their respective offices.

Starkville man charged with shooting into a dwelling

Posted 4/21/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The U.S. Marshal Task Force, along with local law enforcement agents, served warrants on a Starkville man Thursday for residential burglary and shooting into a dwelling.


Spurlock Road to close for work

Posted 4/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Busy year for protests could cost Washington millions

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

The major protests in Washington that have greeted President Donald Trump's first year in office are set to return in force, continuing an already expensive year for city officials who work to keep people safe during mass gatherings.



AP-NORC Poll: Black teens most active on social media apps

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones -- which could explain why they're the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.



Bryant vetoes criminal justice bill over early-parole typo

Posted 4/21/2017 in State

Mississippi's governor has vetoed a criminal justice bill because of a typographical error that he says could have unintended consequences.



$50K to say wild hogs are dangerous? Governor nixes that

Posted 4/21/2017 in State

Mississippi does not need to spend $50,000 on a public relations campaign to tell people that wild hogs are dangerous, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said this week in blocking part of a budget bill.



Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from.



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