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Steady US hiring expected in December despite cliff

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff.

 

 

New York county clerk refuses to give gun owner database to newspaper

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A county clerk justified his refusal to release data on handgun permit owners to a New York newspaper by envisioning a stalker using Google Earth to peer at his victim's Christmas tree.

 

Kaye, noted architect/preservationist, dead at 72

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam Kaye, noted as one of the state's leading historic preservationists, died Tuesday, leaving a legacy that his friends and colleagues say will endure the test of time.

Higgins: Silicor project off the table

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than two years of wheeling and dealing, an economic development deal once known as "Project Apollo" came to a whimpering halt Monday, bringing the promise of 971 new jobs to the area down with it. But officials connected to the project say it started to burn out almost from the start.

Caledonia signs lease to allow fracking

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Alderman signed a lease Wednesday night allowing Fletcher Petroleum Corp. to begin the hydraulic fracturing process -- commonly referred to as "fracking" -- on a small parcel of town-owned land.

 

Moreland announces bid for mayor

Dan Moreland, chairman of the Starkville Parks Commission Board, has qualified to run for mayor of Starkville in 2013, the Republican announced Wednesday.

 

 

Aldermen vote for pay raises for mayor, aldermen

The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved an increase in salary for the aldermen and mayor Tuesday night in a 6-1 vote. The pay raises will not go into effect until the Oct. 1, 2015, the first day of the fiscal year.

 

Box says he'll run for reelection

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box has officially announced he will seek a second term in the position he has held for the past four years.

 

Marriages and divorces 1-3-13

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business

 

 

Business brief: KiOR awarded

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business

 

 

Council honors trio for service to city

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen was among those honored for their service to the city during Wednesday's meeting of the Columbus City Council.

 

 

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller.

 

 

Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

Call her the girl with no name. A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

 

 

Middleby buys Viking Range for $380M

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business

Food service equipment maker Middleby Corp. has bought Mississippi-based oven and kitchen appliance maker Viking Range Corp. for $380 million.

 

 

Three shot at gas station on New Year's Day (Video)

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is looking for the man responsible for shooting three people at a gas station early New Year's morning.

 

Dream365 expands to include downtown march

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 50 years ago and spoke these words during his now-famous "I Have a Dream" speech. And this month, from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21, organizers of the annual Dream365 event are embracing that sentiment, celebrating the progress that has been made in civil rights while continuing to look forward to a more unified city, state and nation.

 

Silicor project in jeopardy after missed deadline

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Silicor Materials has missed a Dec. 31 deadline to put up $150,000 in earnest money, jeopardizing the two-phase, $600-million project, according to a source close to the project.

 

Congress reaches deal on fiscal cliff

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

Profile: Arledge puts emphasis on communication during first year as sheriff

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge, putting on his gun and his badge every day is almost second nature. Although he just finished his first year as sheriff, he has been donning a badge and a gun for more than 30 years.

 

Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

This is your brain on sugar -- for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

 

 

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