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City's event calendar booming

Posted 3/13/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Southern hospitality is about to be put to the test.

Study reveals chronic absenteeism in Miss. schools

Posted 3/13/2015 in Area

Eighty percent of success is showing up, the saying goes. For 74,299 public school students in Mississippi -- 15 percent of kindergarten through 12th grade students -- that isn't happening.

Starkville's Restaurant Week begins

Posted 3/13/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's third annual Restaurant Week starts today, and Greater Starkville Development Partnership leaders say event has found its stride.

Home-made wheelchair helps injured pets in Balkans

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

When his dog Mica suffered a spinal injury, Dragan Dimitrijevic made her a wheelchair, using small wheels, plastic pipes and old belts.

Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs.

Reed guilty of murder, sentenced to life, in Clarksdale case

Posted 3/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi man on Thursday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of murder in the 2013 slaying of an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.

 

Bill to allow long-term trusts goes to Bryant

Posted 3/13/2015 in State

A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let people put real estate into trusts for up to 110 years, and money, stocks or other financial assets into trusts for up to 360 years.

 

 

Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city's police department heightened tensions in the St. Louis suburb.

 

 

Fog delays recovery in military helicopter crash

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Grieving families and comrades of 11 soldiers and Marines whose Black Hawk helicopter slammed into the water during a training exercise can only wait until the dense fog clears and rough seas calm enough for their bodies to be recovered from the wreckage, which settled in just 25 feet of water.

 

 

Fake IRS agents target more than 366k in scam

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.

 

 

'Violent sleepwalking' defense works for boy's strangler

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

The "violent sleepwalking" defense worked for a man who strangled his 4-year-old and tried to kill his other two children.

 

 

IS group accepts Boko Haram pledge of allegiance

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, according to a spokesman for the Islamic State movement.

 

 

Univision host fired for Michelle Obama comment

Posted 3/13/2015 in National

Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of "Planet of the Apes."

 

Arrested man hides weed in police car

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police arrested 34-year-old Demetric Hall on Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Man arrested in beating, robbery

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after he allegedly robbed a 64-year-old woman outside of a local business.

 

Lowndes unemployment rate above 9 percent

Posted 3/12/2015 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released its monthly labor report Wednesday, but unlike previous months, the most recent unemployment statistics do not include comparisons to the previous month or year statistics.

 

Fed official to Kiwanis: Economic outlook good

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Martha Perine Beard went out on a high note Wednesday.

 

Sanitation equipment issues plague Starkville

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Frequent sanitation equipment failures could force Starkville aldermen to once again broach a residential rate increase after the board failed to raise monthly charges by $1.50 on Feb. 17.

 

 

Wet, cool weather hampering pothole patching

Posted 3/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The year's wet weather and cooler temperatures have not only caused numerous potholes to form in Starkville's roads, but also prevented city workers from acquiring the materials needed to fix the infrastructure issues.

 

 

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