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A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

 

Misuse of fuel card, state vehicle alleged

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The deputy administrator of the Mississippi Homeland Security office is on administrative leave without pay following his arrest for alleged misuse of a state vehicle and Fuelman card.

 

 

USDA to shutter 11 offices in Mississippi

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to close 11 offices in Mississippi as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide.

 

 

Only 1 shows to comment on offshore lease sales

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JEFFERSON, La. -- Only a petroleum industry representative showed up at a public hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Collins named National Guard leader

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed retired Brig. Gen. Augustus L. "Leon" Collins as adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.

 

 

Study: 75 percent of non-white voters against ID

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A study finds that more than 75 percent of non-white voters in Mississippi voted against a measure to require photo identification before someone may vote.

 

 

Board to revisit municipal complex at weekend retreat

Posted 1/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman is looking forward to a productive annual retreat when he and the Board of Aldermen meet for a pair of work sessions this weekend. The board will meet Friday and Saturday in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership board room. The sessions are open to the public.

 

Lowndes County arrest report

Posted 1/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests Jan. 4 through Jan. 10:

 

Former New Hope principal takes lead at Aberdeen schools

Posted 1/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

ABERDEEN -- Former Lowndes County administrator Bobby Eiland was named interim superintendent of Aberdeen schools at a school board meeting Wednesday.

 

 

West Point police increase patrol after shooting deaths, burglaries

Posted 1/12/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- The West Point Police Department is putting more officers in the streets after burglaries and two deaths. Tuesday, the West Point Board of Selectmen hired three new police officers.

 

 

Court blocks inmates' release

Posted 1/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

 

 

Port authority reviews projects; Kior to begin equipment tests

Posted 1/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority finished some housekeeping items on projects that are coming to a close.

 

 

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