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Making a stand: Eagle Scout builds needed equipment for T.K. Martin Center

Posted 8/10/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dressed in his scouting uniform, 15-year-old Eagle Scout Simon Banzhaf arrived at T.K. Martin Center Wednesday after school to assemble the center's platform swing with its new stand -- a proud moment for him and his father George, as the two of them had made the stand themselves to help out the center.

Council funds 2 new crime lab hires

Posted 8/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Austin Shepherd said he planned to fist-pump when he got back to his office.

Columbus approves tax increase

Posted 8/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city councilmen approved a 2-mill tax increase Wednesday during their second meeting on the city's Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

 

Marriages and divorces 8-10-17

Posted 8/10/2017 in Business

 

 

Experts: US-North Korea nuclear war unlikely, but risk is rising

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

A nuclear war between North Korea and the United States is not imminent, analysts said, but the inflammatory rhetoric on both sides is increasing the risk.

 

 

Guam's residents concerned on North Korea but have faith in US military

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

The tiny U.S. territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

 

 

Armstrong Flooring to close Vicksburg plant

Posted 8/10/2017 in State

Armstrong Flooring will close its Mississippi plant in October, laying off 93 workers. The company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says closing the Vicksburg plant and one in Jackson, Tennessee, will save it more than $8 million a year.

 

 

Lawsuit opposes Trump's ban on transgender military service

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

Two LGBT-rights organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's tweets declaring he wants a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

 

 

Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

The Trump administration's own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found.

 

 

Trump hits McConnell for Senate crash of health repeal

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump scolded his own party's Senate leader on Wednesday for the crash of the Republican drive to repeal and rewrite the Obama health care law, using Twitter to demand of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, "Why not done?"

 

 

Senator suggests brain tumor affected McCain vote

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that fellow Republican Sen. John McCain's brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker's decisive vote against the GOP health care bill.

 

 

FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair's home

Posted 8/10/2017 in National

FBI agents looking for financial documents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

Reed's of Columbus closing after 45 years

Posted 8/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon and the weather seemed appropriate for the topic at hand. Lex Jackson, who came to town 45 years ago after a flood, told The Dispatch, as the rain fell, he would be closing his Columbus clothing store in the spring.

Prather named GSDP tourism leader

Greater Starkville Development Partnership Interim Director of Tourism Jennifer Prather is losing the "interim" portion of her title and will continue to lead tourism efforts on a permanent basis, the GSDP announced Tuesday.

Snyder running for Oktibbeha County's circuit clerk position

The field of Oktibbeha County circuit clerk candidates grew to five last week after Stephanie Morgan Snyder, a local public school teacher of 15 years, qualified for the race.

Senator vows Republican comeback on health care

Posted 8/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known most commonly as Obamacare, will continue despite failed efforts in both the House and Senate.

Columbus police investigate pawn shop burglary

Posted 8/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local pawn shop.

MSMS ranks eighth among public high schools in US

Posted 8/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science ranked eighth in the nation and first in Mississippi on the niche.com Best Public High Schools list for 2018.

Morse challenging Phelps for District 1 constable

Oktibbeha County's District 1 constable position became a contested race last week after county transport officer Joe Morse qualified to run against former Constable Shank Phelps.

 

Trump, North Korea trade escalating threats

Posted 8/9/2017 in National

In an exchange of threats, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen" and the North's military claimed Wednesday it was examining plans for attacking Guam.

 

 

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