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Smith rolls to victory in mayoral race; Mickens wins Ward 2

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith handily defeated challengers Glenn Lautzenhiser and Bo Jarrett to ensure his second full term in Tuesday's general municipal election.


State Dems, GOP eye key mayoral races

Posted 6/4/2013 in Area

Starkville emerged this election cycle as a key battleground between Mississippi's Democratic and Republican parties, and officials are eyeing success in today's municipal race.

EMCC seeks more tax revenue from Lowndes

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College President Rick Young came before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday to ask for a two-mill tax increase to cover building construction needed to expand overall capacity.

Supes spar over county job vacancies

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Discussion of Lowndes County's summer youth work program turned into a debate between supervisors Leroy Brooks, Jeff Smith and Harry Sanders during the board's meeting Monday.


VA hospital director says troubles are in the past

Posted 6/4/2013 in State

The new director of the veterans' hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct.



Navy awards $3.3B contract to Miss. shipyard

Posted 6/4/2013 in State



Man indicted in poisoned letters case

Posted 6/4/2013 in State


Storm chasing critical, profitable and dangerous

Posted 6/4/2013 in National

While most people take shelter when a tornado approaches, a growing throng heads for the prairies, be they scientists hoping to protect the public from a twister's fury or amateurs armed with little more than a smartphone, a digital camera and a desire to sell 15 seconds of video to the nightly news.

Report: Parks Commission late with electric bill payments

Documents associated with an upcoming financial report state procedural gaps in Starkville Parks Commission's electric bill payments exist and accounts are shown beyond the 45-day legal payment window.

Hester, Wright cases go before Appeals Court

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments June 12 involving wrongful termination lawsuits filed by former New Hope High School principal Lynn Wright and longtime baseball coach Stacy Hester.

Portera begins recruiting role for LINK

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former leader of two area universities begins serving as a workforce development consultant with the Golden Triangle Development Link this month.


CAFB confirms furloughs starting in July

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials have confirmed that furloughs for more than 470 of its civilian employees will take effect July 8 and continue through the remainder of the fiscal year.


Monday profile: Roberts: It's what we do

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Major Eric Roberts has dedicated his life to helping those in a time of need. Friday, the Salvation Army director will go to Oklahoma to help assist victims of last month's deadly tornado.


GOP governors endure early trials, gird for 2014

Posted 6/3/2013 in National



Acquitted doctor seeks license for drugs

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus physician Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients.



Vinegar cancer test saves lives, India study finds

Posted 6/3/2013 in National



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