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MSU senior wins $3K-plus on Cashwords

Posted 12/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After 18 months and tens of thousands of entries, Cashwords has a winner. Willie Davis, 22, of Starkville won the $3,200 prize. Davis, a senior at Mississippi State University, said he was "overwhelmed" when he learned he won the cash payout.

Staying busy in deer season: In the woods of Alabama, a South African butcher plies his trade

Posted 12/28/2013 in Area

On the road that connects Steens, Miss., and Vernon, Ala., there is a man deer hunters sometimes wait in line to see. His name is Adrian Van Zyl. He is an intense but amiable 47-year-old South African with a mustache and thick forearms. Usually, he is wearing a red apron and holding a knife.

 

Company: Tuscaloosa shale well clogged

Posted 12/28/2013 in Area

One of the largest leaseholders in the Tuscaloosa marine shale oil field that spans central Louisiana and southwest Mississippi says it has run into problems with a key well in the area.

 

 

Crowds turn out to support fallen Tupelo officer

Posted 12/28/2013 in Area

There was a massive showing of support Friday for the family of deceased Tupelo Police Sgt. Kevin "Gale" Stauffer, who was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect when responding to a bank robbery on Monday.

 

 

Rescue of icebound Antarctic ship faces setback

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

 

 

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

For two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus.

 

 

High stakes for families losing unemployment benefit

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

 

 

Police: Shooter embroiled in divorce

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

It might have appeared that Ben Freeman was trying to right some wrongs in his life in the months before police say he killed three people and himself.

 

Miss. children learn with blues curriculum

Posted 12/28/2013 in State

In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

 

Target: Customers' encrypted card PINs were stolen

Posted 12/28/2013 in Business

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

 

 

Despite files, school shooter remains enigma

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

 

A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A&E landed in the middle of America's culture wars when "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

 

Judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

 

 

Military sex assault reports jump 50 percent

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

 

 

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

 

Lowndes County school board will appoint supe

Posted 12/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voters in the Lowndes County School District will no longer be able to vote for their school superintendent. In a 4-1 vote, the Lowndes County School board voted to grant themselves the power to appoint the superintendent.

Residents have Christmas tree disposal options

Posted 12/27/2013 in Area

Now that Christmas is over, Lowndes and Oktibbeha county residents have multiple options for disposing of their old trees. Columbus public works director Casey Bush said city residents can leave their trees at the edge of their driveways to be picked up or they can bring them to the landfill on Armstrong Road.

Locals prepare to phase out traditional light bulbs

Posted 12/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"We're selling cases." Helen Pridmore, owner of Lighting Unlimited, says her customers are buying "probably triple to four times as many" 60-watt, incandescent light bulbs now as they would have normally. Those and traditional 40-watt bulbs will no longer be produced after Jan. 1 as part of phase-out regulations from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

 

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