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CMSD presents $44.7M budget to public

Posted 7/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees invited the public to a budget hearing Tuesday that allowed citizens to evaluate and ask questions about the district's plan for fiscal year 2015-2016.


Council mulls judge appointment

Posted 7/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials say they are weighing options on what to do with a municipal judge seat vacated by Nicole Clinkscales, who stepped down in June to campaign as a write-in Democratic candidate in the race for District 41 state representative.

Tom Wilburn, horse trainer, farmer & storyteller, dies at 96

Posted 7/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The word "singular" might have been coined for Tom Wilburn.

Grant pays for SMART bus stop at GTR

Posted 7/29/2015 in Area

A grant from the state Department of Transportation is helping lay the groundwork for an expansion of Mississippi State University's SMART system to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

Two area bank robberies in two days

Posted 7/29/2015 in Area

Two banks have been the targets of robberies or attempted robberies in as many days. One occurred in West Point. The other occurred in Ethelsville, Alabama.


Monroe County man dies in mower accident

Posted 7/29/2015 in Area

A Monroe County man is dead following a lawn mower accident Tuesday.



Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.


GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers.


Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP.


From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee.


New video shows more of Bland's time in Texas jail

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

Texas authorities released additional footage from Sandra Bland's three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving.



End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday.



Report: Health care spending to accelerate

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down.



Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive.



Man accused in lion death says he thought hunt was legal

Posted 7/29/2015 in National

A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal.


Nepali MUW student returns home for summer

Posted 7/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Dipa Bhattarai arrived in Nepal in May, it was the first time she had seen her home country since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country in April.

CMSD holding budget hearing tonight

Posted 7/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local residents are encouraged to attend the Columbus Municipal School District public budget hearing at 6 p.m. today at Brandon Central Services.

Wife, mother-in-law of missing New Hope man charged with murder

Posted 7/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The wife and mother-in-law of a missing New Hope man were both formally charged Monday with murder.

West Point police seek bank robber

Posted 7/28/2015 in Area

A bank robber is on the loose.


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