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Scourge of meth remains despite new laws

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For someone addicted to methamphetamine, the cost of using the illegal drug goes far beyond the price of getting high. Known as Ice or crystal meth, just one hit of the drug can have lifelong effects on the user.

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

Supes table building demolition request

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted two requests Monday from District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith related to drainage improvements in Crawford and one request to ask the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District Board to clear and clean ditches at the Mississippi Highway 69 South and Yorkville Road intersection.

Officials discuss favorite childhood books

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese was a child, her mother read selections from "The Christmas Messenger," a collection of poems and short stories, to her and her siblings every Christmas before they were allowed to open presents. Those memories of her mother reading from the 1941 anthology made it her favorite childhood book, Neese said Wednesday during a Table Talk lecture with other city and county officials at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

 

Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.

 

 

Few states find narrow route to gun control

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

From Colorado to Connecticut, a handful of very different states have advanced new gun control laws over opposition that has made such legislation a struggle nationally and a non-starter in most legislatures.

 

 

Building permits 4-4-13

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business

 

 

Home prices rose in Feb. by most in seven years

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business

U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season.

 

 

Analyst: 60-inch Apple iTV to launch this year

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business

It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen.

 

 

Zacharias Road bill sent back to committee

A pending bill that would rename a portion of Mississippi Highway 25 in honor of former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias was sent back to a legislative conference committee Wednesday.

 

School merger bills clear hurdles

Mississippi legislators passed two individual bills Wednesday which will administratively combine school systems within Oktibbeha and Clay counties in 2015.

 

MDOT's plans for Highway 182 taking shape

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are developing a major Highway 182 improvement project which could begin this summer, Starkville City Engineer Edward Kemp announced Tuesday.

 

'Tales from the Crypt' brings legends to life

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Juniors at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science have spent the entire school year exploring the historical context of issues like race, class, gender and religion as they relate to some of the city's most notorious residents. Tonight at 7 p.m., they will present the culmination of that knowledge in the 23rd annual "Tales from the Crypt" at Friendship Cemetery.

City council halts no-felony hiring policy

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved a motion by Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem to stop the city's practice of disqualifying job applicants with felonies during its meeting Tuesday.

Gibbs wins runoff for House seat

Posted 4/3/2013 in Area

Karl Gibbs defeated Eddie Longstreet in Tuesday's runoff election for the Mississippi House of Representative District 36 seat vacated by the death of Gibbs' father in January.

Chase leads to multiple charges for local man

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local man is in custody after fleeing from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and then running into a home on Bell Avenue in Columbus.

 

Hill resigns as Caledonia Town Clerk

Posted 4/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The board of aldermen Tuesday night unanimously approved the resignation of acting clerk Krista Hill, who began Feb. 1. Hill filed a workplace harassment complaint Feb. 26, alleging Mayor George Gerhart and political candidate William Darnell had engaged in indecent language and sexual comments that made her uncomfortable.

 

House adopts school merger bills for Oktibbeha, Clay

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed Wednesday the House adopted two separate conference reports for Golden Triangle school consolidation.

 

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