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Roberson, longtime Dispatch photographer, dies at 71

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ray L. Roberson, a photographer whose personable nature made him a good newspaper man and well-liked Columbus character, died shortly after midnight Sunday at Community Hospice in Verona, Ala. He was 71.

Lowndes County to have alternative school

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District will soon have its own alternative school. Board members voted 3-0 during Monday night's school board meeting to create an alternative school at West Lowndes Middle School.

 

Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and $680,000 from a private individual to save the animal.

 

British orchid display provides hint of spring

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

The weather outside is frightful -- it has been for weeks, with parts of the country experiencing the worst floods in decades -- but it's positively warm inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It's humid too, tropical in fact.

 

Miss. House approves criminal justice changes

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators are advancing proposals designed to trim $266 million from the prison budget over the coming decade.

 

 

Miss. enacts law to protect teachers' August pay

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a new law designed to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, even if they work fewer days than usual because the school year will start later.

 

 

Mississippi House moves forward with money for health clinics

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

The Republican-led Mississippi House voted Monday to give $4.8 million of state money to health clinics that provide primary care for low-income patients, but Democrats criticized the proposal as a minuscule effort compared to the federal dollars Mississippi could collect by expanding Medicaid.

 

 

Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA.

 

 

Man sentenced to 30 years in agent's death

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Kelly Terry-Willis did not hesitate to look into the eyes of the orange-jumpsuit-clad man involved in the shooting death of her big brother, telling him his "evil decision" took from her a loving confidant, dance partner and dedicated family man.

 

 

Employers scrutinize latest health care concession

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

It may take weeks to render a verdict on the Obama administration's latest health care concession to employers.

 

 

LA newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

 

 

Iraqi militants accidentally kill 21 of their own

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

An instructor teaching his militant recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration Monday, killing 21 of them in a huge blast that alerted authorities to the existence of the rural training camp in an orchard north of Baghdad.

 

 

GOP weighs undoing veterans pension cuts

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

House Republican leaders Monday unveiled a plan to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government's borrowing cap, but it received a rocky reception from skeptical conservatives.

 

Officials weigh drone attack on U.S. suspect

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaida who is allegedly planning attacks on U.S. targets overseas underscores the complexities of President Barack Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones.

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

 

Golden Triangle universities, schools closed Tuesday

Posted 2/10/2014 in Area

Several schools and universities in the Golden Triangle area have announced they will be closed Tuesday with freezing weather anticipated this evening.

 

 

Another round of cold, wet weather

Posted 2/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle is expected to freeze tonight. The National Weather Service in Jackson this morning issued a winter storm warning for Lowndes, Oktibehha and Clay counties that will begin at 6 p.m. tonight and stay in place until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 

School board won't hear parent's protest

Posted 2/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In advance of today's Lowndes County School Board meeting, Sherry Harris, parent of New Hope High School student and football player Javonte Ellis, filled out a form so she could be placed on the agenda to speak to the board.

Clay supes mulling second try for grant to build well

Posted 2/10/2014 in Area

On Christmas Eve in 2012, one of Siloam Water District's wells on Highway 46 failed. About 300 residences in northwest Clay County were without water until crews could manually open valves from other wells and restore supply.

 

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