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Bluecutt Road project on schedule

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1-million construction project on Bluecutt Road is scheduled to be completed in September.

Grand jury fails to indict Hinton on murder charge

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder.

Macon hay: Mennonites respond to Ohio drought victims

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Macon farmer Gary Miller didn't hesitate when his neighbor, Morris Miller (no relation), called to say dairy farmers in northeast Ohio were suffering from a severe drought, dipping into their winter reserves to feed their cattle. The two men sprang into action, and within hours, 540 bales of hay was northward-bound.

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.

 

Mississippi's July jobless rate up to 9.1 percent

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Unemployment rose in Mississippi in July for the second straight month to 9.1 percent as the state's job market continued to sputter, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

Ceremonies mark Hurricane Camille

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

A small group gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday to remember three women who died during Hurricane Camille but were never identified.

 

 

Two injured in accident in east Lowndes Co.

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people remain in the hospital, one in critical condition, following a Friday night automobile accident in east Lowndes County.

 

 

B.B. King, Kilmichael to be honored on Blues Trail

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

The town of Kilmichael and blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

When it comes to their federal taxes in the last two years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has paid a lower federal tax rate than his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., paid an effective federal tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns released by the Romney campaign Friday evening.

Panetta prods Karzai on Afghan insider killings

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

 

The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

"The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.

 

Council struggles to bring budget into balance

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After almost five hours of budget talks, the Columbus City Council is slightly closer to its goal of having a balanced budget.

Schools try new approaches to building fan support

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tonight, around dusk, time will stop. A quarter will be tossed, shining silver against the darkening sky. Heads. Tails. Game on.

 

Waiver will help MUW attract out-of-state students

Posted 8/17/2012 in Area

Tuition will be a little cheaper beginning in January for qualifying students at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

Technology helps Starkville schools save money, gain efficiency

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With budget cuts becoming more expected than job security for school districts across the nation, efficiency has become an obvious focal point. For Kelvin Gibson, the new transportation director for the Starkville School District, he sees a practical example of the concept on a daily basis.

 

Starkville moving forward in budgeting process

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With the state deadline for municipal budget submission looming, Starkville Director of Finance/City Clerk Taylor Adams said the city is right on track.

 

297-lb Texas boy too big to play peewee football

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A suburban Dallas boy has been barred from playing peewee football because the league says he is just too big at nearly 300 pounds.

 

Facebook hits new low as IPO lock-up ends

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Facebook's stock plunged to a new low Thursday as some of the social networking leader's early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company's initial public offering went awry.

 

 

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