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Developers say Starkville will benefit from Yokohama

Posted 5/4/2013 in Area

Oktibbeha County economic developers say Starkville's high quality of life should position it to compete for the influx of Golden Triangle residents who will move here for employment at Clay County's incoming Yokohama Tire Corporation plant.


Thousands flock to Market Street Festival

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With cooler morning temperatures that led into a sunny afternoon, thousands turned out for Saturday's 17th annual Market Street Festival in downtown Columbus. First-time festival goers joined loyal attendees for a mixture of food, entertainment, crafts and children's activities.

Candidates share views on helping city's children

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mayor's Youth Council. The Boys and Girls Club. These two groups are among several in Columbus designed to engage young people in the community and involve them in productive activities that can serve as a strong foundation for future success as adults.

Hughes fired as Columbus schools CFO

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Hughes has been fired. CMSD Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell declined to comment on Hughes' firing when contacted Friday, citing the termination as a personnel matter.

The absentee superintendent: Liddell defends being out of district for a third of the school year

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have tried to reach Columbus Schools Superintendent Martha Liddell at her office this school year, there's a one-in-three chance you were told she was not in the office. In fact, there's a one-in-three chance that Liddell wasn't even in town.


AP: States fear loss of health care aid

Posted 5/4/2013 in National

Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.


Experts: Feds pressure widow, friends in Boston bombing case

Posted 5/4/2013 in National

Every time the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev leaves her parents' house, federal agents watching the residence follow her in unmarked vehicles.


NRA's new president has bold words

Posted 5/4/2013 in National



Attorney General: Test wouldn't exonerate Manning

Posted 5/4/2013 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a new round of DNA testing on evidence collected against death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning would not exonerate him in the 1992 deaths of two students.



Optimism abounds at West Point voters go to polls

Posted 5/4/2013 in Area

By Tuesday night, West Point will have a new mayor, and at least three of the five selectmen races will be decided. Republicans failed to field a single candidate, and only Wards 3 and 5 face the possibility of a runoff.



Autopsy: Man admits killing gay Miss. candidate

Posted 5/4/2013 in State

An autopsy report says a man admitted to killing a Mississippi mayoral candidate in February and that the victim died from lack of oxygen, but it doesn't give an exact reason for the death beyond calling it a homicide.


Two Columbus men arrested on drug charges

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charles Christopher Moody Jr, 20, of 437 18th Ave. S., was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count felony possession of a controlled substance and one count misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Replica ships weigh anchor in city until Monday

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The work is hard but the life is enviable. They wake to greet the dawn and fall asleep by the light of the stars. They have seen Nicaragua, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal. They are assured three meals a day and the adventure of a lifetime.

Columbus gathers to mourn, celebrate Pratt

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Among the many roles Mike Pratt performed in his 44 years, was that of a Navy Seabee. It was fitting, then, that the "Seabees Prayer" would be part of the memorial service for Pratt, the city's public works director, who died Saturday.

Rookie named district's top trooper

Posted 5/3/2013 in Area

Josh Jarvis grew up watching his father, retired Mississippi Highway Patrol Captain Bill Jarvis, don the blue and gray each day, and it made him proud. He always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, and in December 2011, he took his first step -- graduating from the MHP cadet class and joining the motorcycle unit in September 2012.

Candidates grapple with housing issues at forum

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus council and mayoral hopefuls squaring off in Tuesday's primary, Thursday night's forum was one last chance to distinguish themselves in front of voters.

Five arrested in Bluecutt Road armed robbery

Five people are in custody and charged with armed robbery after they allegedly robbed a residence on Bluecutt Road in Oktibbeha County.


Organizers ready for today's Relay for Life

A little rain won't dampen the spirits of 2013 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life participants.



Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

Posted 5/3/2013 in National



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