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Council passes $5M bond issue

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted Tuesday in favor of issuing a $5 million bond to finance capital improvements.


Police mum on weekend death behind Trotter

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An official cause of death has not been announced for a 32-year-old man found laying unconscious behind the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus on Saturday.


GOP runoff likely: McDaniel's lead not enough to claim primary win

Posted 6/4/2014 in State

Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

Personnel matter draws sanitation employees behind closed doors

Starkville aldermen discussed a personnel issue involving Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy and Calvin Ware, a sanitation worker, behind closed doors for almost 90 minutes Tuesday, but no motions specific to the matter emerged in open session.


Vernon Council selects contractor

Posted 6/4/2014 in Area

The Vernon City Council Monday selected Burton Builders Inc., of Belmont, Mississippi, to construct sewer lines and roads at the Vernon Industrial Park, where K & S Lumber is building a saw mill.


Rice tapped as new MSU police chief

M. Vance Rice, a 20-plus year law enforcement veteran currently working at the University of Arkansas, will lead the Mississippi State University Police Department pending approval from the State College Board.


Top military officer: Bergdahl case not closed

Posted 6/4/2014 in National

The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.



House GOP conflicted on health law alternative

Posted 6/4/2014 in National

House Republicans are united as ever in their election-year opposition to "Obamacare," but they're increasingly divided over their promise to vote this year on an alternative to it.



Palazzo leads Taylor in 4th District GOP primary

Posted 6/4/2014 in State

Incumbent congressman Steven Palazzo was on the cusp of securing the GOP nomination for his seat against Gene Taylor, the Democrat-turned-Republican trying to win his old job back. But the race remains too close to call.


Lowndes County hospital fund investment continues rise

Posted 6/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The gain on Lowndes County's $30 million hospital fund investment continues to grow.

Columbus charter school group: 'We're going to make it happen'

Posted 6/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state has denied a Columbus group's charter school proposal but local organizers say they will continue their push to open another public education option for city children.

Clay County deputies make drug busts

Posted 6/3/2014 in Area

Four people have been arrested by Clay County deputies and face charges involving sale of or intent to distribute drugs.

Republican, Democrat primaries today

Posted 6/3/2014 in State

A Republican showdown for U.S. Senate takes center stage as Mississippians vote today in midterm congressional primaries. Polls are open until 7 p.m.


Supervisors amend Miss. Horse Park dedication

Oktibbeha County supervisors agreed to split an $8,000 fee with Mississippi State University to assess potential repairs at Miss. Horse Park Monday after pledging $4,000 and in-kind services for harness track fixes in April.



EPA goal: Miss. to cut carbon by 38 percent

Posted 6/3/2014 in State

The federal government is proposing that Mississippi's carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005.


Columbus native to step down as dean of U. of Miss. medical center

Posted 6/3/2014 in State

Dr. James Keeton, dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a Columbus native, said Monday that he will retire as of June 30, 2015.


Colon cancer screening said to help after age 75

Posted 6/3/2014 in National

How old is too old for a colonoscopy? A surprising number of people older than 75 haven't ever been screened for colon cancer -- and researchers reported Monday that it's not too late for them to get caught up.



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