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It's property tax time again

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Dec. 1 -- like they do every year -- statements went out to property owners in Lowndes County informing them what they owe in taxes.

 

The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown 12-22-13

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

EMCC packed for Yokohama employment session

Posted 12/21/2013 in Area

Yolanda Gillespie of Columbus has worked at a chicken processing plant in Noxubee County for 18 years. She hopes one day to get a higher paying job with better benefits. Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi could be that avenue for her.

Widow gets remains of soldier lost in Korean War

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

rmy Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return.

 

Miss. drug dealer wants sentence tossed

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

A Mississippi man described by authorities as a major drug dealer and former record label owner has asked a federal court to throw out his 90-year prison sentence on money laundering charges.

 

 

Blue Cross and HMA settle payment dispute

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

Mississippi's largest health insurer and its second-largest hospital operator have settled their dispute.

 

 

Woman charged in crash that killed deputy

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

A New Albany woman is charged in a car crash that killed a Union County sheriff's deputy.

 

 

Trying to spread cheer, Santa in N.H. scares instead

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

 

 

Brain dead California girl to be kept on life support

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy should be kept on life support for the time being, a judge has ruled.

 

 

Three military aircraft hit in Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said.

 

 

Obama orders military to review sexual assault

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military a one-year deadline to better prevent and respond to a wave of sexual assault in the ranks and warned that if progress isn't made, he will consider tougher reforms than those approved by Congress.

 

Crawford man killed in shooting

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning shooting left one man dead and the Columbus Police Department searching for the shooter. Randle Carl Cooper Jr., 20, is wanted in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Virgil Harris of Crawford. Cooper is considered armed and dangerous, Chief of Police Selvain McQueen said.

Eutaw low bidder for Yokohama Boulevard

Posted 12/20/2013 in Area

Eutaw Construction Company already had the dirt contract for the Yokohama tire plant slated to open in West Point in two years. Barring a setback, the company will also build the road that leads to the plant.

Holiday stress: How to cope

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local psychologist is offering advice to ease some of the pressures of holiday stress. "The first thing you have to do is define stress," Carrie White, clinical coordinator of Baptist Golden Triangle Behavioral Health Center, said. "What is stress? If you think about it, stress itself does not exists. There is no such thing." However, White said there are "stressors."

 

Post office extends weekend hours on Bluecutt Road

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus post office on Bluecutt Road will have its retail windows open for two extra hours on Saturday for the holidays.

 

In U.S., Santa Claus has many faces, races

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

In Atlanta, children of many races share their Christmas wish lists with a black Santa Claus. In Houston, Santa dons a red zoot suit and dances to jazz as he hands out gifts in Mexican-American neighborhoods.

Figure skating champ Boitano says he's gay

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.

Rodman holds tryouts for Pyongyang game

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong Un's birthday next month -- though he hasn't convinced all the players on the American team that it's safe to come to Pyongyang.

 

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