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Parks report will compare system's policies to national standards

Posted 7/10/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An upcoming report on Starkville Parks and Recreation will compare the department's policies to standards set by the National Recreation and Park Association in an attempt to give aldermen a guidepost for managing it in the future, advisory board members said Thursday.



Staff changes, probation commonplace with current Starkville administration

Posted 7/10/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chanteau Wilson joined a growing list of Starkville employees in visible, high-profile positions that have either been forced out of their jobs or placed on probation by aldermen since the current board took office two years ago.


Former coach accused of molestation denied new sentencing

Posted 7/10/2015 in Area

A Bible-quoting judge did not allow religion to influence the 300-month sentence given to a former prep football coach who had been accused of molestation, a federal appeals panel has ruled.


House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.



US provides marriage benefits to gay couples in all states

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Same-sex married couples can start applying for Social Security and veterans benefits for spouses in all 50 states, but there are still issues to resolve as the federal government works to implement the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to marry nationwide.



Jeb Bush's new challenge: How to spend $114M

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total designed to instill a sense of shock and awe into his Republican competitors.



Alexander Hamilton's descendant rankled at $10 bill change

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Doug Hamilton is just fine with the plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money. But he'd like the Treasury Department to leave the $10 bill alone.



FBI: Potential July 4 violence plots stopped

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the agency believes it stopped potential acts of violence in the month before the July 4 holiday.



Personnel chief resists calls to resign amid data hack

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The head of the U.S. government's personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch.



American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.


Accused sex trafficking fugitive caught in Columbus

Posted 7/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, man wanted by the FBI for child sex trafficking allegations in Pennsylvania was caught in Columbus on Tuesday.

Foster kits: New Hope woman raises, rehabilitates orphaned raccoons

Posted 7/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope resident Marie Brackin is the proud foster mother of Rocket and Meeko, a pair of month-old baby raccoons.

Browning on Business: In Columbus, gift shop & bar news

Posted 7/9/2015 in Business

Busy week. First, a gift shop that has been in downtown Columbus for nearly two decades is moving out to a spot just off Highway 45 North.

Dalrymple, longtime Columbus pastor, dies

Posted 7/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mickey Dalrymple, the former longtime pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, passed away Wednesday morning after a 20-month battle with T-cell leukemia.


District, DOJ reach temporary desegregation agreement

Representatives of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement on a desegregation order for the upcoming school year and will jointly file a more-permanent document by mid-February, court documents filed Tuesday state.



House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South -- a low-profile move that prompted an outcry from supporters of the flag.



Leflore County dropping Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Leflore County government employees will no longer get a day off work at the end of April to observe Confederate Memorial Day.


Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner.

Rep. Thompson: Remove 'treasonous' Confederate symbols

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Mississippi's only black congressman is stepping up his effort to remove all images of the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. House chamber and House office buildings in Washington.


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