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Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

How did 'Little House' sister really become blind?

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories.

Details emerge in Alabama standoff

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family.

 

Scientists to reveal result of Richard III hunt

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Has Britain's lost king been found? Today scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a municipal parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.

 

 

Search underway for CVB attorney

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have a law degree and you enjoy high drama, backstabbing and bickering, then there may be a job available for you.

 

Dust, noise accompany Caledonia fracking operation

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bob, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition his identity would not be revealed, stood in the middle of a field Friday, describing a hydraulic fracking operation that just started on property two football fields from his Caledonia home.

Effort to reclaim graves of black residents brings a community together

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late evening in Vaughn's Cemetery, and the shadows are beginning to creep across the graves, slowly enveloping both simple and ornate without prejudice.

Murder suspect in custody

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder.

Miss. River reopened to vessels after oil removed

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic in both directions after finishing the cleanup of thousands of gallons of oil from a leaking barge.

Southern Miss could get first black chief

Posted 2/2/2013 in State

More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state's higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi's historically white public universities to be led by a black man.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum to stage Valentine event for kids

Children of all ages will have an opportunity to hone their creative talents Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum stage a Valentine Adventure from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

Perkins, Walker on ballot

Two more candidates have qualified to seek seats on the Starkville Board of Aldermen in the 2013 municipal elections.

 

Nicholson out as Main Street Columbus director

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in less than six months, Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The Main Street Columbus board announced in a press release Thursday that Nickie Nicholson had been terminated, just seven weeks after she started the job.

Columbus Bark Park targets March opening

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.

Legislature: 'Thirty possums hissin' in a barn'

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.

Burglary spree ends with two arrests

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.

District consolidation bill passes House Committee with amendments

A proposed bill calling for the mandatory consolidation of school districts in Oktibbeha County and Starkville passed through the Mississippi House Education Committee Thursday, but not without some amendments to the original text.

 

Possible debate later on Miss. Medicaid expansion

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.

 

 

Gasoline prices get start on spring surge

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

 

 

Plans advance for state- funded pre-kindergarten

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.

 

 

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