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School merger bills clear hurdles

Mississippi legislators passed two individual bills Wednesday which will administratively combine school systems within Oktibbeha and Clay counties in 2015.

 

MDOT's plans for Highway 182 taking shape

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are developing a major Highway 182 improvement project which could begin this summer, Starkville City Engineer Edward Kemp announced Tuesday.

 

'Tales from the Crypt' brings legends to life

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Juniors at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science have spent the entire school year exploring the historical context of issues like race, class, gender and religion as they relate to some of the city's most notorious residents. Tonight at 7 p.m., they will present the culmination of that knowledge in the 23rd annual "Tales from the Crypt" at Friendship Cemetery.

City council halts no-felony hiring policy

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved a motion by Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem to stop the city's practice of disqualifying job applicants with felonies during its meeting Tuesday.

Gibbs wins runoff for House seat

Posted 4/3/2013 in Area

Karl Gibbs defeated Eddie Longstreet in Tuesday's runoff election for the Mississippi House of Representative District 36 seat vacated by the death of Gibbs' father in January.

Chase leads to multiple charges for local man

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local man is in custody after fleeing from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and then running into a home on Bell Avenue in Columbus.

 

Hill resigns as Caledonia Town Clerk

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The board of aldermen Tuesday night unanimously approved the resignation of acting clerk Krista Hill, who began Feb. 1. Hill filed a workplace harassment complaint Feb. 26, alleging Mayor George Gerhart and political candidate William Darnell had engaged in indecent language and sexual comments that made her uncomfortable.

 

House adopts school merger bills for Oktibbeha, Clay

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed Wednesday the House adopted two separate conference reports for Golden Triangle school consolidation.

 

Charter school bill passes

Posted 4/3/2013 in State

Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 Tuesday with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369.

 

Obamacare credits could trigger surprise tax bills

Posted 4/3/2013 in National

Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.

 

NRA study suggests trained, armed school staffers

Posted 4/3/2013 in National

 

 

Kerry warns North Korea on 'reckless' provocations

Posted 4/3/2013 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned North Korea to halt a recent spate of rhetoric and actions, calling them provocative, dangerous and reckless.

 

 

Customers pack Conn. gun stores after deal on laws

Posted 4/3/2013 in National

Customers packed gun stores around Connecticut on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected to bring sweeping changes to the state's gun control laws, including a ban on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown shooting and a new classification for more than 100 types of guns as banned assault weapons.

 

Sheriff appeals to supes for 1 a.m. closing time at nightclubs

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday unanimously authorized county attorney Tim Hudson to draft an ordinance that would require county night clubs to close at 1 a.m.

Heredia displays magnetic charm of servant leader

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Her resumé reads like a page-long listing in Who's Who Among American High School Students. Senior class president. Class favorite. Most beautiful. Homecoming queen. Honor roll student. Cheerleader. She leads Heritage Academy's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is vice-president of the Beta Club. She is the All-American girl-next-door.

Library reveals 'Mother Goose' endowment drive

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a half-second Monday night, Edwina Williams was speechless. Known by everyone in Columbus as "Mother Goose," she is usually found in costume (with her goose by her side), reading to children, or singing, playing the piano or performing as one of her other incarnations -- Miz Claus or, most recently, Mrs. Easter Bunny.

 

Senate agrees to House bill on charter schools

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

Faced with repeated warnings that changes could jeopardize support, Mississippi senators have agreed to the House version of a bill to expand charter schools.

 

 

Gov. Bryant withdraws Board of Health nomination

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday he's withdrawing his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland to the state Board of Health.

 

 

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