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Leaders want to continue aggressive stance on eyesores

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and department heads are on the same page when it comes to addressing dilapidated structures: Everyone wants them gone. Not everyone agrees, however, on how many of the eyesores they expect to see demolished over the next three and a half years.

Millage increase discussion resurfaces

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When asked last week during a working retreat to list ways to bring more money into city coffers, a group of Columbus department heads had several suggestions. Get the Columbus crime lab accredited and utilize it more effectively. Be more creative in raising fees from events at the Trotter Convention Center. Sell more city-owned real estate.

 

Mississippi prepares for bicentennial

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission will unveil its plans for the state's 200th anniversary on Tuesday.

 

Ga. man suffering from Alzheimer's fatally shot

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took began as early as 1 a.m. when he slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs. It ended three hours later when Westbrook, a 72-year-old who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, knocked in the dark on a stranger's door last month.

EMCC wins Mississippi Bowl

Posted 12/9/2013 in Area

In a season full of dominating performances, the East Mississippi Community College football team delivered another one in its final game. No. 2 EMCC rallied from two deficits to post a 52-32 victory against No. 1 Georgia Military College in the sixth Mississippi Bowl on Sunday afternoon at Indian Stadium on the Biloxi High School campus.

Council could demand quarterly reports from school board

Posted 12/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Other than appointing officials to the school board, Columbus councilmen are limited when it comes to what they can legally do to facilitate improvement in the school district.

 

Christmas tree growers hoping for good 2013

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

First Lady Deborah Bryant has chosen a 12-foot Leyland cypress donated by the Lazy Acres farm in Chunky for this year's Christmas tree at the Governor's Mansion. It is the tallest tree ever selected for the Mansion, and growers are hopeful that is a good omen that sales will be solid in 2013.

 

 

Authorities target sellers of counterfeit goods

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Mississippi authorities are making it a priority to target criminals who are roving Mississippi selling counterfeit goods like fake Louis Vuitton purses, Coach handbags and Nike caps.

 

 

Crews work to restore power in Miss. after storm

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Crews were working Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in north Mississippi after an ice storm.

 

 

Allain remembered as being undaunted by power

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain was known for his quick wit, sharp analytical mind and willingness to challenge entrenched interests.

 

 

Sen. Roger Wicker to speak at Mississippi State graduation

Posted 12/9/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., will speak to fall semester graduates at Mississippi State University on Saturday in Starkville.

 

Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

 

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.

 

 

Obama to pay tribute to Mandela in South Africa

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

President Barack Obama will pay tribute this week to Nelson Mandela, making the long trip from Washington to South Africa Monday to attend a national memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon.

 

 

Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

 

'Elf on the Shelf' a hit with local parents

Posted 12/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For generations, children have cautiously guarded their behavior at Christmastime, careful not to end up on Santa's "naughty list." For 24 days, parents warn children to behave, noting that Santa is always watching. However, in recent years, Santa has gotten new little helpers to watch over boys and girls. The help comes in the form of elves who sit on a shelf.

Officials mull possibility of referendum for drainage work

Posted 12/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and department heads got a wake-up call last week when they saw firsthand the severity of some drainage deficiencies in their own back yard.

EMCC's Buddy Stephens comfortable as a junior college lifer

Posted 12/7/2013 in Area

"A junior college lifer." East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens does not know when or where the term originated. However, he does know his comfort level with the accolade.

 

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