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School bond issue hits ballot on Tuesday

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters who reside outside Columbus city limits will head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a $47 million bond issue that could revamp campuses in New Hope, Caledonia and West Lowndes.

Lowndes County crews cut down oak that claimed lives

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The tree that took three lives along Officers Lake Road late last month is no more. Lowndes County road crews cut it down nearly two weeks ago.

A balcony revival in Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Old photographs in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archives reveal that balconies were once commonplace in downtown Columbus. Black and white images from the dawn of the 20th century show Main Street lined with balcony after balcony. But after World War I, the balconies faded. By the 1920s, they were gone.


Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's attorneys say a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary victory should be dismissed because it was filed too late.


Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.


Adams Co. sheriffs get pepper guns

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

The Adams County Sheriff's Department has a new weapon in its arsenal: pepper spray guns. Sheriff Chuck Mayfield tells The Natchez Democrat six deputies have been trained as instructors on the JPX Jet Protector pepper spray guns.



Wrongful-death case before high court

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Sept. 29 whether to hear an appeal from operators of a northwest Mississippi shooting range in a case involving the death of a Navy SEAL during a training exercise.


Ferguson fallout: A call for 'body cams'

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.



Foley's parents had hoped to negotiate

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.


Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.


U.S. won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S. would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.


As evangelist opens U.S. crusade, zeal and questions

Posted 8/23/2014 in National

By the time the Rev. Reinhard Bonnke edges toward the stage, anticipation in the thundering arena is swelling. A crowd of thousands has been told of his decades of preaching in Africa, the tens of millions of souls he has saved, the countless healings for which he has been a conduit and the modern-day Lazarus he saw risen.

Columbus teen charged with statutory rape

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teenager has been charged with the statutory rape of two victims.

Reeves touts fiscal responsibility in local speech

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor anticipates that in next year's session, state legislators will be able to appropriate the largest allocation to community colleges in Mississippi history.

Columbus drops insurance for retirees

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus, because of looming increases in insurance premiums, will no longer offer health insurance coverage to its retirees.

Local campaign contributions favored Sen. Cochran

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle residents contributed almost $70,000 to this year's hotly contested campaign between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary and run-off for Senate.


Fire destroys shop at Mitchell Automotive

Posted 8/22/2014 in Area

A fire destroyed the Mitchell Automotive service center Thursday night after a car inside caught on fire.



Aldermen: Pet waste issue highlights lack of trash bins

Posted 8/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen will let the city's informal cemetery board decide recommendations on how to curb a growing trend of irresponsible pet owners not cleaning up their animals' waste after the board took no action on the matter Tuesday.



KiOR misses payment with Adams Co.

Posted 8/22/2014 in State

Financially struggling fuel maker KiOR missed a key payment to Adams County this week that would have allowed the company to continue holding onto its undeveloped proposed industrial site in Natchez.



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