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'Mack' Egger, longtime teacher, dies at 93

Posted 7/14/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Malcolm "Mack" Egger, a revered high school math and physics teacher and a tireless doer of good deeds for the townspeople of his native Caledonia, died Monday afternoon.


Judge approves Starkville-Oktibbeha school desegregation order

Posted 7/14/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills approved the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's desegregation order Monday after school representatives and Department of Justice officials struck a temporary agreement on a number of guidelines last week.



Ohio highway patrol orders helicopter from Airbus

Posted 7/14/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you build it, Ohio will come.



Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious over 'Mockingbird' sequel

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Judy May and her sister Julia Stroud drove back to their hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and snatched up the first two copies as Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" as the book went on sale at midnight.



Son of Boston police captain charged in extremist bomb plot

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

The son of a Boston police captain has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online, extremist acts aimed at supporting the Islamic State group, authorities said.



After deal, Israel still vows to block an Iran nuclear bomb

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called today's nuclear deal with Iran a mistake of "historic proportions" and vowed to keep up efforts to block the Islamic Republic from obtaining an atomic bomb.



18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions -- an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.



Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.



DPM Fragrances announces expansion

Posted 7/13/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

DPM Fragrances announced today its plans for a $5 million expansion project that will bring an additional 100 jobs to Starkville.



Starkville again receives Playful City USA designation

Posted 7/13/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville earned its fourth-straight Playful City USA designation this year as it and four other Mississippi cities were recognized for their investments in public play spaces for children.



Lowndes Co. schools get construction update

Posted 7/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One majority project is behind schedule and another may soon be.


Recycling gets trashy

Posted 7/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Not long ago, Columbus resident Ruth Berry took to Facebook to draw attention to the sorry state of the recycle bin by Joe Cook Elementary.


Truck wreck claims life in Monroe Co.

Posted 7/11/2015 in Area

A one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Monroe County claimed the life of a Smithville woman.


Farm fresh: A look into the culture of roadside produce stands in the Golden Triangle

Posted 7/11/2015 in Area

If you aren't looking for them, produce stands can blend into the landscape as you drive by.


Mississippi faces struggle over Confederate emblem in flag

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Now that South Carolina has removed a Confederate battle flag from its statehouse lawn, the next big struggle over Old South symbols is shaping up in Mississippi, where the rebel X has fluttered over the Capitol and other public buildings for more than a century as part of the state flag.



Man charged in scheme to get reward for missing dog

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Bond has been set at $20,000 for a Jones County man who allegedly claimed to have found a lost dog and wanted a reward.



Clarksdale out as R&B Hall of Fame location

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame project is over in Clarksdale.



Mississippi Power seeks to keep 18 percent rate increase

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Saying it's running short of cash and can no longer borrow without the support of its parent company, Mississippi Power Co. is trying again for a rate increase to help pay for the $6.2 billion power plant it's building in Kemper County.



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