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Colleges praise IB program

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it comes to college admissions, the International Baccalaureate diploma may not make much of a difference, but admissions counselors from the local level to the Ivy League were unanimous in their praise for the program.

 

Educators say International Baccalaureate program's advantages outweigh costs

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They were fresh-faced and eager, half-shy and half-confident in that way only high school seniors can be. They stood in the lobby of Columbus High School last spring and donned blue gowns, graduation caps slipping down over their eyes and falling off their heads as they sheepishly laughed.

 

Columbus High evacuated due to bomb threat

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students and faculty were evacuated from Columbus High School this afternoon following a bomb threat, but as of 3:30 p.m., police and bomb-sniffing dogs had found no device on campus.

 

 

Bully Gras Ball hopes to raise $30,000

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Imagine it: formal wear, finger foods and good, old-fashioned face-to-face dancing all set to classic rhythm and blues. This isn't a high school prom it's the second annual Bully Gras Ball, a grownup party with hometown philanthropy at the core.

 

 

District: Employees broke the rules with Gonsoulin petitions

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District sent a memo to administrators this week reminding them to use care and abide by school policies when advocating for a new superintendent.

 

 

Interviews for Starkville's top educator rescheduled

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Semifinalist interviews for the superintendent job at Starkville School District have been rescheduled, the district announced Thursday.

 

 

West Point police invite public to turn in guns

Posted 1/27/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- The West Point Police Department is encouraging area residents to turn over unregistered firearms Saturday at the police department at 310 E. Westbrook Ave.

 

Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.

 

Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

TOKYO -- Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal.

 

 

St. Louis hosts first big parade on Iraq War's end

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ST. LOUIS -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.

 

 

Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- In corrections systems nationwide, officials are grappling with decisions about geriatric units, hospices and medical parole as elderly inmates -- with their high rates of illness and infirmity -- make up an ever increasing share of the prison population.

 

 

Obama decries rising cost of college education

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- President Barack Obama called Friday for an overhaul of the higher education financial aid system, warning that colleges and universities that fail to control spiraling tuition costs could lose federal funds.

 

 

Sara Lee to close plant in Shannon

Posted 1/27/2012 in Business

SHANNON -- Sara Lee says it will close a plant in Shannon, Miss., by the end of March putting 155 people out of work.

 

 

Judge dismisses stun gun case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former Waveland police officer and the city in a ruling that found the use of stun gun against a naked man was reasonable under the circumstances.

 

 

Man charged in priest's death found dead in jail

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A man accused of killing a Roman Catholic priest and taking the victim's car on a family vacation to Walt Disney World was found dead early Thursday in a prison cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck.

 

 

Jackson fire chief: No social media pix in uniform

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Jackson Fire Chief Raymond McNulty has told firefighters not to post any comments that could hurt the department on their social network sites -- or post photos of themselves in uniform or with city equipment.

 

 

Former teacher sentenced in sexual battery case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

NEW ALBANY -- A former Ripley High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Union County to one count of sexual battery on a minor, in connection with an improper relationship with a former student.

 

 

AG's office offers money to find pardoned trusty

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that his office is willing to pay confidential informants for information that helps him track down a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

State lawmakers working to expand charter schools

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out what a new law should cover.

 

 

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