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Committee considers Highway 45 corridor face-lift

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the most traveled roads in Columbus may soon get a much-needed facelift. Highway 45 North, the main entrance to the city and the center for most of its restaurants and shopping, is the subject of a long-discussed beautification project.

 

Redistricting will mean changes in some poll locations

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voter registration cards were mailed last month to a select number of Lowndes County voters, notifying them of changes they will experience as a result of countywide redistricting.

 

 

West Point voters pass tourism tax

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

It's not the quantity of the voters that counted, but what the ones who voted had to say. Voters in West Point passed a resolution to allow the city to levy a one-percent tourism sales tax, bringing the sales tax to nine percent on restaurant, liquor store and hotel/motel purchases.

 

 

Columbus schools sign rental car agreement

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next time city school employees leave town for training, they may drive away in a rental car. The Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to sign a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which will provide standard-sized cars for $34 per day in-state and $37 per day for out-of-state travel. The rates will include comprehensive and collision insurance coverage.

 

Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

The massive teacher strike in Chicago offers a high-profile test for the nation's teacher unions, which have seen their political influence threatened as a growing reform movement seeks to expand charter schools, get private companies involved with failing schools and link teacher evaluations to student test scores.

Romney: Teachers turning their backs on students

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that striking Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the absent educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly.

Popular downtown restaurant gets a reprieve with new owners

Posted 9/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lovers of the Front Door/Back Door's chicken salad need not worry; according to the restaurant's new owners, Steve McLemore and Jim Lewis, Chef Sarah Lapbinsky's recipes are in good hands.

 

Miss. not expected to get post-Isaac revenue leap

Posted 9/10/2012 in State

State economist Darrin Webb says he does not expect Mississippi to see a surge in tax collections after Hurricane Isaac the way it did after Hurricane Katrina.

 

'Recovery Day' focuses on providing funds for treatment for addicts

Posted 9/10/2012 in Area

Drug and alcohol addiction is something that is usually associated with darkness, pain and tragedy. But an upcoming fundraiser in Starkville hopes to not only diminish some of the social stigmas surrounding addiction, but to do so in a fun-filled, family-friendly environment.

 

Think teal? Early dectection key in fight against ovarian cancer

Posted 9/10/2012 in Area

Think pink. Thanks to a widespread awareness campaign, people have become more comfortable talking about breast cancer, from its symptoms to the importance of early detection through self-exams and annual mammograms.

 

 

MSU hosts global food security conference

Posted 9/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Experts in global food safety and security from around the world have descended on Mississippi State University today for a day-long conference discussing the university and state's role in combating the agricultural side of world hunger.

 

 

Congress returns for short pre-election session

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington today for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

 

AP: Border Patrol halts Mexico flights

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

The U.S. government has halted flights home for Mexicans caught entering the country illegally in the deadly summer heat of Arizona's deserts, a money-saving move that ends a seven-year experiment that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million.

Surprising methods heal wounded troops

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

cientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most advanced medical tools that exist are now being deployed to help America's newest veterans and wounded troops.

Deaf dolphin rescued in La. is going to Miss.

Posted 9/10/2012 in State

A deaf dolphin found stranded in March off the Louisiana coast is being taken to live among other dolphins at a facility in Mississippi.

 

U.S. hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

U.S. officials handed over formal control of Afghanistan's only large-scale U.S.-run prison to Kabul on Monday, even as disagreements between the two countries over the thousands of Taliban and terror suspects held there marred the transfer.

 

Forbes: MSU dorms are 'insanely luxurious'

It takes Hunter Myrick four hours to drive from Starkville to his house in Gulfport. Well, it's his parents' house, really. Myrick, a freshman at Mississippi State University, moved into South Hall in August, and like so many other fresh-faced 18-year-olds in Myrick's residence hall, this the first time he has ever been on his own, an experience he is still getting used to.

What's not to 'like?': Workplace slow to establish employee rules for use of social media

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a world where everything from breaking news to the picture of an adorable animal seems to be only a Facebook post or Tweet away, the world of technology is constantly changing how we receive and view news.

 

Section 42 change will boost County's tax revenue

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the suggestion of tax collector/assessor Greg Andrews, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have approved a change in the way Section 42 housing will be assessed.

 

 

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