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Former legislator, Justice Court judge McCrary dies

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi legislator and Lowndes County Justice Court judge passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

 

Hundreds of new laws take effect in Mississippi

Posted 6/30/2012 in State

The process for injured Mississippi workers getting insurance payments will become more restrictive. Dyslexic students will be able to transfer to other public or private schools and have the state pay for it. And AT&T will be relieved of obligations to hook up phone service to certain customers. Those are among the new Mississippi laws that come into force Sunday, with the start of the state's 2012-2013 budget year.

 

 

Parents mourn drowning of toddler

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local couple is mourning the loss of their two-year-old son, after the toddler drowned in an above-ground swimming pool in north Columbus Friday night.

 

 

Oktibbeha supervisors: Calm before a storm

Posted 6/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey doesn't expect Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting to be nearly as contentious as the last couple meetings and is hoping for a mild "pre-holiday meeting."

 

Heat wave's effect on farming uncertain

Posted 6/29/2012 in Area

The Golden Triangle is set to experience the summer's first significant heat wave this weekend, and while most people might be scrambling to find sunscreen, bottled water and shade, area farmers are left waiting to see how their crop preparation has paid off.

 

Supreme Court health-care ruling prompts mixed reaction

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents Friday had mixed reactions on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling largely upholding President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

 

 

New law may help curb metal theft

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People looking to illegally traffic copper wire and other industrial materials may find it more difficult to find buyers for their goods. Beginning Sunday, a new state law goes into effect further restricting the buying and selling of industrial materials.

 

 

School lunch: Now healthier, more expensive

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pushed by federal guidelines to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, school nutritionists across the nation are feeling the financial hit as they try to figure out how to cost-effectively meet the new requirements, which mark the first significant changes to the government-subsidized school lunch program in 15 years.

 

 

Miss. Medicaid expansion unlikely, GOP leaders say

Posted 6/29/2012 in State

Top Republicans in Mississippi say the state can't afford to expand its Medicaid program to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Some Democrats, however, say the state should jump at the chance to provide coverage for its more than half million uninsured residents. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal Affordable Care Act on Thursday. But justices said the federal government can't withhold Medicaid money from states that choose not to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults.

 

 

Family sues over teenager's death

Posted 6/28/2012 in Area

The family of a teenager shot to death New Year's Day in West Point has sued the owners of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.

 

 

Court upholds health care

Posted 6/28/2012 in National

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.

 

 

Columbus named one of the "Best Small Towns for Business"

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Friendly City has been named one of the "Best Small Towns For Business In America" by American Express' website, openforum.com. The article, written by Barry Moltz, lists Columbus third on the list, behind only Columbus, Ind., Ponca City, Okla. and Prescott, Ariz.

 

Queens of the second chance: Columbus pair earns honors for their work with adult learners

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The young man sits on the front row, peering through thick glasses at the mathematics worksheet lying on his desk at Greater Columbus Learning Center. A few of his classmates glance up as he begins to speak, but most keep their heads bowed in concentration as they focus on their own lessons, their own dreams.

 

Two from Lowndes County may be re-sentenced

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The U.S. Supreme Court's new juvenile sentencing ruling could retroactively impact only two Lowndes County men already serving sentences of life without parole.

 

 

Business brief: Dixon appointed

Posted 6/28/2012 in Business

Tronox Limited announced the appointment of John Dixon of Columbus, as the manager for its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment and sodium chlorate production plants in Hamilton.

 

 

Business brief: Waste Management awarded

Posted 6/28/2012 in Business

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), announced that the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority was awarded the SWANA Gold Excellence Award in Landfill Gas Utilization.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 6-28-12

Posted 6/28/2012 in Business

 

 

Building permits 6-28-12

Posted 6/28/2012 in Business

 

 

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