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City disputes CVB's resolution on hotel tax usage

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A resolution passed by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is being criticized by some Columbus city officials. The CVB Board on Monday voted to ask the city to stop placing the funds from a two-percent hotel tax into the city's general fund and to start using the money to "promote tourism by expanding the Trotter Convention Center."

 

 

Details emerge in Starkville incidents

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Details continue to emerge in two Oktibbeha County altercations that occurred within 48 hours of each other and left one man dead, another in a medically-induced coma and a sheriff's deputy in the hospital with stab wounds.

 

 

No millage increase expected for Caledonia

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents incensed over recent sewer rate increases and the threat of higher water bills heard a bit of good news Tuesday night during the Board of Aldermen's budget discussions.

 

Two charged with equine abuse in Lowndes County

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In separate incidents, two Lowndes County men have been charged with animal cruelty for their recent neglect of nearly two dozen equines.

Polk, noted Scholar and MSU professor dead at 69

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Noel Polk, a widely respected literary scholar and English professor at Mississippi State University, has died at the age of 69.

Runaway Brit found safe in Starkville

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 16-year-old girl from the United Kingdom who had ran away from her family while vacationing in Florida was found unharmed in Starkville Tuesday, and the young man she left with is now awaiting extradition to Florida.

From Dallas to London for JR

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Cowboys, stetsons, bucking broncos and J.R. masks -- it could only be the arrival of "Dallas" in London.

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress' drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.

 

Obama, Romney discuss their religious beliefs with magazine

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, interviewed separately by a religious magazine, addressed skeptics who question their faith and offered divergent views of the separation of church and state.

 

Investigators looking into Md. train derailment

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Investigators were checking videos, track conditions and maintenance records Wednesday to find the cause of a deadly train derailment in Maryland and figure out if two young women sitting on a railroad bridge over the town's main street contributed to the crash or if their presence was just a tragic coincidence.

Mo. lawmaker won't drop out of race

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

Nunnelee visits

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Alan Nunnelee talks to the media Tuesday after spending the day visiting local industries and businesses. Nunnelee made stops at Weyerhauser, Columbus Marble Works and the Columbus-Lowndes Economic Development Link during his tour of Lowndes County.

 

Jury hears testimony in Newell murder trial

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony began in Lowndes County Circuit Court Tuesday in the murder trial for James Chuck Newell. Newell, of Vernon, Ala., was arrested in May 2008 and charged with the shooting death of Adrian Boyette, 31, at the Slab House bar near Caledonia.

 

 

Teacher evaluation talk skips detail of Miss. plan

Posted 8/22/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators' pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system.

 

 

Justice Dept. opens civil rights unit in Alabama

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

The Justice Department said Tuesday it was establishing its first civil rights unit in Alabama, a move that comes after the state's crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws.

 

 

City council votes to consider private bus service

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may soon have another way to travel around the Friendly City. Columbus Federal Programs Director Travis Jones told city council members Tuesday about the possibility of a private bus service coming to Columbus.

 

 

Common sense urged as West Nile Virus hits area

Posted 8/22/2012 in Area

West Nile virus is reaching its peak throughout the state, with Lowndes and Monroe counties among the most recent to report diagnosed cases.

 

Obama shifts to Ryan education plan

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

It's not just Medicare. President Barack Obama plans to start picking apart other sections of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's sweeping budget proposals as he tries to paint the GOP ticket as too extreme for the nation. Next up: education.

Funding, open meeting debate dominate CVB meeting

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival organizers seeking grant money from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new set of guidelines in 2013. The CVB Board of Directors voted in two separate motions to define quality of life events versus tourism events.

 

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