Although you might not know it by driving down Highway 45, there has been a ban on billboards in the city since 2000. A committee formed last month made up of three Columbus councilmen, chief operations officer David Armstrong and city attorney Jeff Turnage is reviewing the law and considering the possibility of lifting the ban to allow billboard advertising in the city limits and charge advertisers fees to generate more revenue.
The fourth annual United Way Day of Service will be held this Saturday in Columbus. The day is being held in conjunction with Dream 365, a weeklong commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under Obama's health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn on Monday repeated his support for an across-the-board teacher pay raise this year. But the Republican said it will be weeks before lawmakers will know how much money is available to put into raises.
Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated.
Football at the Met. No, not Metlife Stadium where the Super Bowl will make history next month. The Met, as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.
The U.S. government ran a $53.2 billion surplus in December, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a rehearing request from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.
The U.S. Supreme Court consideration of an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row has been delayed.
Jeremy Nicholas, the current Park Place Christian Academy headmaster, will take over as Starkville Academy's new head of schools on July 7.
Prominent Republicans leapt to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense on Sunday, insisting that an ongoing traffic scandal wouldn't ruin any presidential ambitions, while Democrats say it's difficult to believe such a hands-on manager knew nothing about a plan by a top aide to close lanes at a bridge into New York City.
Heritage Academy senior kindergarten students had a wedding ceremony to unite the letters "Q" and "U."
A year after a police officer filed a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the case is one step closer to going to trial.
Most of the blighted and vacant property inside the Columbus city limits is in the core of the city, surrounding downtown. City planner Christina Berry has worked with a consultant through the past year to identify as many of those parcels as possible to develop an urban renewal district.
The Columbus Boys and Girl's Club has a new director -- and new momentum. Antwoin Richardson took over the reigns this month after former local club director Nadia Dale became the regional director for the Golden Triangle.
Sam looked pitiful, with sad eyes peering over the face mask. As soon as the doctor verified the flu diagnosis on went the mask.
The tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground is off to a cold and early start.
A cutoff of benefits for the long-term unemployed has left more than 1.3 million Americans with a stressful decision: What now? Without their unemployment checks, many will abandon what had been a futile search and will no longer look for a job -- an exodus that could dwarf the 347,000 Americans who stopped seeking work in December.
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