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Dust, noise accompany Caledonia fracking operation

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bob, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition his identity would not be revealed, stood in the middle of a field Friday, describing a hydraulic fracking operation that just started on property two football fields from his Caledonia home.

Effort to reclaim graves of black residents brings a community together

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late evening in Vaughn's Cemetery, and the shadows are beginning to creep across the graves, slowly enveloping both simple and ornate without prejudice.

Murder suspect in custody

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder.

Miss. River reopened to vessels after oil removed

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic in both directions after finishing the cleanup of thousands of gallons of oil from a leaking barge.

Southern Miss could get first black chief

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state's higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi's historically white public universities to be led by a black man.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum to stage Valentine event for kids

Children of all ages will have an opportunity to hone their creative talents Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum stage a Valentine Adventure from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

Perkins, Walker on ballot

Two more candidates have qualified to seek seats on the Starkville Board of Aldermen in the 2013 municipal elections.

 

Nicholson out as Main Street Columbus director

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in less than six months, Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The Main Street Columbus board announced in a press release Thursday that Nickie Nicholson had been terminated, just seven weeks after she started the job.

Columbus Bark Park targets March opening

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.

Legislature: 'Thirty possums hissin' in a barn'

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.

Burglary spree ends with two arrests

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.

District consolidation bill passes House Committee with amendments

A proposed bill calling for the mandatory consolidation of school districts in Oktibbeha County and Starkville passed through the Mississippi House Education Committee Thursday, but not without some amendments to the original text.

 

Possible debate later on Miss. Medicaid expansion

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.

 

 

Gasoline prices get start on spring surge

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

 

 

Plans advance for state- funded pre-kindergarten

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.

 

Crawford man charged with kidnapping

Posted 2/1/2013 in Area

A Crawford man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after he allegedly abducted his girlfriend and held her against her will in early January.

Fireworks cause deadly highway collapse in China

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

A truckload of fireworks intended for Lunar New Year celebrations went off Friday in a massive, deadly explosion that destroyed part of an elevated highway in central China, sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground.

 

Inmates targeted in $40K false tax return scheme

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.

 

 

Hedgehog Alert! Prickly pets can carry salmonella

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick.

 

 

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, dies

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.

 

 

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