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Columbus sales tax collections up nearly $100K

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales tax revenue in Columbus from May saw a gain of more than $91,000 over May 2013 thanks to out-of-town traffic generated by events held in the city, including the President's Cup soccer tournament and Market Street Festival.

Tax numbers in West Point signal bright future

Posted 7/19/2014 in Area

Sales tax revenue is up in this Clay County town. A lot. Altogether, the city received $128,098 more in sales tax revenue from the Mississippi Department of Revenue for the last fiscal year than it did for the previous.

Millage decrease unlikely with infusion of school money

Posted 7/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville school board members are expected to approve a transfer of almost $500,000 in excess 1986 bond monies to the city during a special board meeting Tuesday, which in turn will position the city government to legally transfer the money back for Greensboro Center renovations.

 

Death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. But it was one of the world's most widely accepted drugs that killed Logan Stiner -- a powdered form of caffeine so potent that as little as a single teaspoon can be fatal.

 

 

Without radar, missile may not have identified jet

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

 

Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.

 

McDaniel: GOP should be 'purged' after Senate race

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Friday that other Republicans used "race-baiting" to hurt him in a U.S. Senate primary, and the GOP needs to be "purged" of people who use racially inflammatory campaign techniques against members of their own party.

 

 

Police recover Hood's stolen handgun

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood.

 

U.S. communities diverge on child migrant response

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.

 

Jails rethink layout as female inmate numbers rise

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

When 13 women were arrested for prostitution in Tupelo in June the Lee County Jail had to act quickly to move temporary bedding into the women's detention area and create new spaces where female inmates could be housed.

 

 

Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons.

 

 

Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.

 

Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

 

Unease over Obama Afghanistan plan

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

Afghanistan's disputed election and Iraq's unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

 

 

Grant could bring netbooks to Crawford Center

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Crawford Center could have netbook computers soon. Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority is applying for $12,000-to-$15,000 in grant funding from Toyota that would fund 25 Samsung Chromebooks and a storage cart for the wireless devices.

 

Port authority moves toward finding new director

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority will advertise in a maritime industry publication and work with a professional staffing agency to find the port's next director.

Macon looks to sell mysterious machine gun

Posted 7/18/2014 in Area

MACON -- An old machine gun with an unknown past sits in City Hall and no one can say for sure how it got there.

Columbus man charged with molestation

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged with molestation, touching a child for lustful purposes.

 

New proposal trims, tweaks Starkville landscaping ordinance

Posted 7/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City staff members say they have produced a user-friendly landscaping ordinance after making minor tweaks to Starkville's current rules and cutting down the size of the document by about 20 pages.

 

 

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