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Severstal plant formally sold to Indiana company

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus has been sold to Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler. The plant, which sits on 1,400 acres near Airport Road, was sold by its Russian owners for $1.62 billion, according to a Steel Dynamics statement Tuesday.

 

Vernon native travels world as motorcross racer

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

There aren't too many 18-year-olds -- or Vernon, Alabama, natives -- who've traveled to more than 15 countries. Aside from the jet lag, Thomas Covington is soaking up every minute of being a globe-trotting motorcross racer.

Starkville revokes same-sex insurance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen specifically removed same-sex partners from the city's new plus-one insurance coverage Tuesday after an hour-long public comment session that yielded support of the move from the city's religious base and sharp criticism from those who self-identified as members of Starkville's LGBT community.

Council tightens controls on events with ordinance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the leasing of property for large events where alcohol is served.

Vernon tackling municipal complex issues

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

Rotted wood and leaning windows along the north end of the Vernon municipal complex have been resolved.

 

Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014 without a ballot opponent of any stripe.

 

 

CDC: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

 

Childers: Cochran wrong on women's pay legislation

Posted 9/17/2014 in State

Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said Tuesday that if he's elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs.

 

UN: Nearly $1B needed now to stop Ebola

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

 

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

 

Texan gets 5 years for crystal meth possession in Miss.

Posted 9/17/2014 in State

A 26-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for travelling with seven pounds of crystal meth hidden in the drive shaft of her vehicle.

 

 

More of world's children live to age 5, work still to be done

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

 

 

Congress scrutinizes Obama's Islamic State military strategy

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.

 

Supes pass budget, give employee raises

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will pay the same in ad valorem taxes next year that they pay now, and county employees will receive a raise in October.

Sanderson Plumbing owes county, city $258K

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is filing to lift an automatic stay of payment to collect delinquent taxes from Sanderson Plumbing, which filed for bankruptcy last year.

Election set to fill Brown's vacated seat

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special election will be held Nov. 4 to fill the Mississippi Senate seat left vacant when Terry Brown died this month.

Columbus annexation taken under advisement

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Attorneys needed one day and two witnesses to make the case for annexing 3.5 miles of territory into the city of Columbus. There is no timetable on when Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns will make a ruling, but the city rested its case Monday after several hours of testimony.

 

Oktibbeha supes approve cost of living adjustment

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While their city counterparts are struggling to find money for pay raises and bailout struggling departments, Oktibbeha County supervisors approved an across-the-board, 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees Monday without increasing the county's operational tax levy.

 

Starkville aldermen preparing $60K Parks bailout

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a $60,000 loan to Starkville Parks Commission today so the group, which ran out of money for September's payroll and public retirement payments, can get above water before the end of the fiscal year.

 

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