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Steel Dynamics making $100 million expansion in Lowndes

Posted 5/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steel Dynamics is undertaking a $100 million expansion at its Lowndes County facility, a move company officials say will add 40 new positions.

Caledonia student gets free car for college

Posted 5/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christian Gray is having a good week. At Caledonia High School on Monday he sat with his fellow seniors and listened to a used car salesman speak.

Council appoints 3 to Historic Commission

Posted 5/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A late applicant effectively saved the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission from temporarily losing its authority to act.

$5K reward offered for arson info

Posted 5/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire Chief Martin Andrews says his department is willing to pay big bucks to halt a recent rash of suspected arsons.

Mississippi hiker helps nab FBI most wanted

Posted 5/20/2015 in State

A tip from a Mississippi resident led authorities to one of the FBI's most wanted criminals Saturday in Virginia.


CMSD to host parent input session on grants

Posted 5/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is hosting its annual parent planning and input session Thursday.


Local acupuncturist dispels misconceptions

Posted 5/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Clare Mallory O'Nan asked the Rotary Club of Columbus how many of them had tried acupuncture, five people in a room of about 60 raised their hands.

Wynn: City employees improperly using vehicles

Posted 5/20/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn's attempt to create and adopt stricter city vehicle-usage rules was pulled from the agenda Tuesday after aldermen complained the new policy was not available for inspection before the meeting.


Report: Nationwide, too many foster kids in group homes

Posted 5/20/2015 in State

A national report published Tuesday finds that 57,000 of the 400,000 American children in the child welfare system live in group homes.



House to consider repeal of meat labeling law

Posted 5/20/2015 in Business

A House committee is moving swiftly to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.



Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million in US

Posted 5/20/2015 in Business

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.



House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House.


Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests.


House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday.



Amid criticism, Clinton sticks to low-key campaign strategy

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

During two days of campaigning this week in Iowa, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't make a formal speech.


Deputies arrest naked man charging traffic near MSU

Posted 5/19/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 24-year-old Lexington man was charged with disorderly conduct Friday after he allegedly stripped naked and charged at oncoming traffic on Blackjack Road.

Historic Commission may come up short

Posted 5/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider filling Historic Preservation Commission vacancies during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. today in the Municipal Complex.

Area softball legend dies

Posted 5/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teacher and coach who led the New Hope High School softball program to numerous state titles and molded the lives of hundreds of girls has died. Cary Shepherd was 71.


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