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Romney: Heart told him he'd win until he saw Fla.

Posted 3/4/2013 in National

Mitt Romney says his heart said he was going to win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be.

Above and Beyond: GTR grows while other airports struggle

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Hainsey remembers all too well when Northwest Airlines pulled out of Golden Triangle Regional Airport, taking three flights a day with it. The year was 2006, and he had just taken over as executive director. Immediately, he found himself faced with a problem: How does a small airport survive when it loses one-third of its budget? The answer then, as now, lay just beyond the terminal walls.

Parent sues mayor over Youth Council

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith and his Mayor's Youth Council received a slap on the wrist from Mississippi Supreme Court Judge Thomas Zebert of Pearl Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court after a parent filed an injunction alleging her daughter was improperly prohibited from attending a group trip.

 

Columbus men sentenced on drug charges

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were sentenced in Lowndes County Circuit Court this week after each pleaded guilty to separate drug offenses.

 

 

Taxpayer funds, private donations fuel municipal building litigation

Divisions between Starkville's political ideologies are emerging through how a legal battle over municipal facilities' construction is funded. The City of Starkville spent $44,979.77 to fund litigation costs defending its municipal facilities plan, officials confirmed Monday.

 

 

Personnel request could send supervisors behind closed doors

County supervisors could go behind doors for a personnel matter during their 9 a.m. Monday board meeting at the county courthouse.

 

 

SFD: Electrical short sparked Thursday hotel fire

Starkville Fire Department Training Officer Charles Yarbrough confirmed an electrical short in a lamp's wiring caused a single-unit hotel fire Thursday.

 

HEARTS tutors level field for struggling children

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second-grader hunches over the red cash register, his brow furrowed in concentration, his eyes cast toward the ceiling as he counts out the necessary change in his head. His "customer," HEARTS after-school tutor Ruth Rast, waits patiently. "Seventy-five!" Demiji Bonner announces proudly, picking through the fake coins to find three quarters.

Officials hope to dedicate Catfish Alley monument in April

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, a memorial to honor the pioneers who once populated one of Columbus' most historic streets is one step closer to reality.

Search for United Way director enters interview stage

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United Way of Lowndes County is moving forward in its search for a new executive director following the abrupt departure of Jan Ballard in early February.

 

Odds against him, Obama still betting on big deal

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs.

 

 

Bill to seal concealed gun info reaches governor

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday sent the governor a bill to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons.

 

 

House-Senate talks warm up on charter school bills

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of bills expanding charter schools in the state.

 

 

Columbus businessman facing sexual harassment suit

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed in federal court against a Columbus businessman. In a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Shawn Carter alleges that she was sexually harassed by her former employer, Chris Glenn, while she worked as a secretary at Glenn Machine Works.

 

Man charged in slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

 

Legal battle over City Hall construction continues

Legal attempts to block the city's construction of a new municipal facility are ongoing, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Thursday.

 

The American bumblebee: Disappearing?

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest.

 

Army GI says he leaked secrets to spark war debate

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

After almost three years in custody, the Army private accused in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history said he did it because he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.

 

 

In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories -- as she did.

 

 

Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109.

 

 

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