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Ask Rufus: Old Columbus

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people seem to associate the history of the old homes of Columbus with the Civil War but I think of a much earlier time.

Yokohama making an impact in West Point

Posted 4/4/2015 in Area

Cruising the fresh pavement on the newly opened Yokohama Boulevard, it can be easy to forget you are passing country homes that enjoyed solitude for so long.

Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

Posted 4/4/2015 in National

Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays -- and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Sim Scott project tops Lewis' first months

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Columbus-Lowndes Parks Authority Director Greg Lewis' said he remained in a "state of discovery" following his first three months at the helm.

Friendship Cemetery comes to life

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"The cemetery's a lively place, isn't it?" That's the question high school student West Givens will ask visitors at Friendship Cemetery during Pilgrimage this year, and he'd be correct.

Golden Triangle's next generation: She plans to leave, but success began here

Posted 4/3/2015 in Area

Everything about her says class and grace. Pageant interviews have shaped 18-year-old Columbus High School homecoming queen Mallory Marcetter Byrd into the person she is today.

Kiwanis Club gets lesson on Stephen D. Lee home

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Kiwanis club got a history lesson Wednesday afternoon, but no one was falling asleep.

State House, Senate pass food and beverage tax extension

State lawmakers extended Starkville's 2 percent food and beverage tax through June 30, 2018, this week, and the move's associated legislation now awaits Gov. Phil Bryant's signature.

Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.


Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize pot

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana has entered the Mississippi push for legalization by offering to pay volunteers to collect petition signatures needed to get the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.


Filipino devotees nailed to crosses in Good Friday rites

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

Screaming in pain, Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.


CPD calls in SWAT for cyberstalking arrest

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police called in reinforcements on Wednesday to arrest a felony cyberstalking suspect.


SPD arrests Columbus man on drug, gun charges

A Columbus man was arrested in Starkville after a traffic stop and subsequent search led to the discovery of drugs and a weapon.


Amazon considers 'Natchez Burning' series for video service

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

Author Greg Iles' book "Natchez Burning" is moving closer to becoming a television series, with Amazon Studios announcing that it's considering production.



Arkansas woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

An Arkansas woman who became the world's oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July.



Obama's quest for Iran deal set to collide with Capitol Hill

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

After securing a surprisingly broad and detailed framework agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama must now subject his signature foreign policy pursuit to the gauntlet of partisan American politics.



Kenya attack survivor: Gunmen scouted campus

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

The militants who slaughtered 147 people in a Kenyan school appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray.



German crash co-pilot researched suicide, cockpit doors

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security in the week before crashing Flight 9525, prosecutors said Thursday -- the first evidence that the fatal descent may have been a premeditated act.


Photo: Metal mayhem

Posted 4/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few dozen metal sheets litter Highway 82, near the 18th Avenue exit, on Wednesday.


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