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Community shred day to be held Friday

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With tax day fast approaching, area financial experts are advising people to consider destroying documents they no longer need.

 

 

Sally Kate Winters set for main fundraiser

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heather Usry sees the faces behind the statistics every day. Six million children. Approximately 3.6 million cases. One child abuse report filed every 10 seconds. Last year, 120 abused children from 40 Mississippi counties sought refuge in West Point at Sally Kate Winters Family Services, where Usry works as outreach coordinator.

 

Columbus library helps bridge 'digital divide'

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Love it or hate it, the Internet is here to stay, rapidly permeating almost every aspect of our culture. Once a novelty, digital literacy is now a critical skill, and libraries across the country are scrambling to get their patrons up to speed.

 

Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants fill the doctor gap

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to a report from Irving, Texas-based physician staffing company, Staff Care, a shortage of physicians in the United States, coupled with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is prompting healthcare facilities to expand the role of primary care providers.

 

Proposed Magnolia Bowl demolition invites speculation

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The future of the historic Magnolia Bowl remains uncertain but the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring its options. During Monday night's school board meeting, city engineer Kevin Stafford informed the board of an offer from the Columbus Light and Water Department to remove the concrete bleachers and the wall that surrounds the 80-year-old stadium.

Changes could come to SSD student grading, advancement

Posted 4/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District could soon revisit its elementary and middle school grading system, district Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jody Woodrum said Tuesday.

 

Federal budget cuts ground Air Force aircraft

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

Many Golden Triangle districts eligible for charter schools

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charter schools could begin showing up in area school districts as early as next year, pending Gov. Phil Bryant's signature on House Bill 369, which passed the Senate last week 34-18. The governor has said he will sign the bill, opening the door for up to 15 charter schools per year to open in struggling and failing school districts across the state.

 

Candidates forum for mayor, council set for Thursday

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first political forum this campaign season that brings together all candidates for mayoral and city council offices will begin 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

 

 

McAlpin: DOJ desegregation order still an issue

Posted 4/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Board Attorney Dolton McAlpin says Department of Justice approval is needed for future consolidation with the county school district even though legislators OK'd the matter on April 3.

 

 

Starkville man dies in Tuesday wreck

Posted 4/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man died Tuesday afternoon after a fatal motorcycle accident.

 

Obama sends Congress $3.77 trillion spending plan

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security.

 

Education focus shifts to implementation

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

If 2013 was the education session for Mississippi's Legislature, it will be followed by the implementation season. State leaders will have to create structures to authorize charter schools and fund prekindergarten programs. Literacy coaches will have to be hired to implement a new focus on reading grades K-3, along with training for thousands of teachers.

 

 

Coroner: Man shot self twice after killing officer

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

The murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi's capital city last week shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer four times, the coroner said Tuesday.

 

 

Republicans try to improve party's future

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

National Republican leaders made waves recently with a dim view of the party's future if it fails to expand its core support beyond white males and social conservatives.

 

 

Energy Dept. pick backs natural gas 'revolution'

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.

 

Man stabs 14 at Texas college

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

Dylan Quick was a shy young man who took out the trash and gardened with his parents, neighbors thought. That image was shattered Tuesday when police accused the 20-year-old of going on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college and said he later told them he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death.

 

MDOC deals with budget problems

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

 

 

Spelling Bee kids will now have to know word definitions

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

 

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