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US to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq.


Indictment says ex-US House Speaker Hastert paid hush money

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct."


FCC head unveils proposal to narrow the 'digital divide'

Posted 5/29/2015 in Business

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.



Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk's too clean.


Local couchsurfers open to new people, new experiences

Posted 5/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People passing through Columbus looking for a place to stay have a wide range of choices.


Still time to support Loaves & Fishes

Posted 5/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The many volunteers who work week in and week out to ensure the hungry of Lowndes County receive basic sustenance remind the community that tickets are still available for the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen's major annual fundraiser.


Trotter renovations coming in under budget

Posted 5/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations to the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus are nearly complete, and the project is on pace to come in under budget.


Tronox to close one of two facilities

Posted 5/28/2015 in Area

Tronox officials have announced the company will cease production of sodium chlorate at its Hamilton facility at the end of November.



Filing: DOJ has issues with consolidation plan

Posted 5/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The U.S. Department of Justice has multiple issues with the upcoming Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's merger plan, including the preservation of a "one-race, African-American" school already comprised mostly of minority students, court records show.


Browning on Business: Area dance studio changing locations

Posted 5/28/2015 in Business

WHEREhouse Dance Company in downtown Columbus is moving.


Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average -- but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy.



Mississippi Horse Park to host 4-H Horse Show this weekend

Posted 5/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Horse Park on Saturday will host the Oktibbeha County 4-H Horse Show.


Johnson withdraws from transportation race

Posted 5/28/2015 in State

The contest for Mississippi's Northern District transportation commissioner narrowed to three Wednesday after Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson formally dropped out of the race.

Arrest report: 5-28-15

Posted 5/28/2015 in Area


9th arrest made in deaths of 2 Mississippi officers

Posted 5/28/2015 in State

Authorities say a ninth person has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers who were killed during a traffic stop.



Clinton: Make middle class 'mean something again'

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton says pay equity between men and women, more generous parental leave policies and a higher minimum wage are not issues of importance merely to women but concerns that go to the heart of why it's "hard to get ahead and stay ahead in America."



Building permits 5-28-15

Posted 5/28/2015 in Business



EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off.



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