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Family income not a factor as students eat free

Posted 9/7/2013 in National


Historic commission tables bus shelter request

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They like the idea of public buses. They don't like the idea of bus stop shelters at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets. That's what downtown business owners and residents told the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting Thursday. The commission was considering a request from Lawrence Transit System to construct four shelters at that intersection, as well as one at the intersection of 12th and College streets.

Officials unveil Catfish Alley memorial

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lifelong Lowndes County resident Charlie Smith, now in his 70s, admits he's forgotten a few things about visiting Catfish Alley during his youth. On Thursday, city officials unveiled a monument commemorating the area's rich history as a commercial and cultural hub for African-Americans and a gathering place for all races. The sides of the monument list the names of those who ran restaurants, barber shops, dentist offices, drug stores and entertainment venues during the area's peak eras in popularity and success.

Murder defendant claims self-defense

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranzino Ahmad Harris took the stand Thursday to testify in his defense. He is charged with murder in the 2010 shooting death of Justin Murray. He is also charged with aggravated assault for shooting Michael Brewer in the hand during the same incident.

MSU unveils game-day guidelines for fans

As Mississippi State prepares for its first football game of the season, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Alcorn State on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium, university officials have developed guidelines for fans.


Miss. to set up business health insurance market

Posted 9/6/2013 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney plans to move ahead with a health insurance exchange for small businesses after federal officials approved regulations to allow the move. The Department of Health and Human Services had proposed a rule that would have barred states that didn't run an individual marketplace from setting up a separate exchange for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.



School board association director briefs CMSD board

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss several upcoming issues in the district. Executive director of the Mississippi School Board Association, Dr. Mike Waldrop, spoke to the board about changing legislative policies, charter schools, testing and the ongoing search for a superintendent and chief financial officer.



Arrest report: 9-6-13

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Merger committee has no appetite to send students out of county

Members of the Oktibbeha County school merger committee members moved away from possibly asking neighboring school districts to absorb schoolchildren after numerous regional representatives said their systems had no interest in taking on more students.



Officials: U.S. considers training Syria rebels

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



Ariel Castro's family prepares to claim his body

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



Report: Military cracked most online encryption

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



Woman accused of trying to kill autistic daughter

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



NASA aiming for moon again, this time from Va.

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



Report: Catch limits boost depleted fish stocks

Posted 9/6/2013 in National



USFS: Hunter caused huge wildfire near Yosemite

Posted 9/6/2013 in National


'Clerical error' almost led to prisoner's early release

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inmate will remain behind bars after a Mississippi Department of Corrections mistake almost released him to house arrest. In August, the MDOC parole board granted John Murphy early release and sentenced him to house arrest, even though he was not eligible for action because he had been convicted as a habitual offender.

Friend of victim takes stand in murder trial

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who suffered a gunshot wound during a deadly 2010 shooting took the witness stand during a Columbus murder trial Wednesday, wiping tears from his eyes as he recounted the events that took his best friend's life.

Supes spar over Lindsey Ferry road request

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County supervisor's request that the board change an ordinance so the county could haul debris off a property owner's land led to a debate over communication between county leaders on Tuesday.


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