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Unease over Obama Afghanistan plan

Posted 7/19/2014 in National

Afghanistan's disputed election and Iraq's unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

 

 

Grant could bring netbooks to Crawford Center

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Crawford Center could have netbook computers soon. Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority is applying for $12,000-to-$15,000 in grant funding from Toyota that would fund 25 Samsung Chromebooks and a storage cart for the wireless devices.

 

Port authority moves toward finding new director

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority will advertise in a maritime industry publication and work with a professional staffing agency to find the port's next director.

Macon looks to sell mysterious machine gun

Posted 7/18/2014 in Area

MACON -- An old machine gun with an unknown past sits in City Hall and no one can say for sure how it got there.

Columbus man charged with molestation

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged with molestation, touching a child for lustful purposes.

 

New proposal trims, tweaks Starkville landscaping ordinance

Posted 7/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City staff members say they have produced a user-friendly landscaping ordinance after making minor tweaks to Starkville's current rules and cutting down the size of the document by about 20 pages.

 

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Posted 7/18/2014 in National

Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

Posted 7/18/2014 in National

On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon.

Owner of offbeat Elvis museum found dead

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

 

Hate crime investigation grows in Mississippi

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions. The most recent indictments -- two men and two women -- were made public Wednesday.

 

 

Man with gun threatens runners on Natchez Trace

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

Authorities say cross country runners training along the Natchez Trace have been threatened with a gun.

 

 

Justices: Conceal voters' birthdates on poll books

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that circuit clerks must redact voters' birthdates before poll books are open for public inspection.

 

 

Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer

Posted 7/18/2014 in Business

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

 

 

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

Posted 7/18/2014 in Business

Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

 

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

Posted 7/18/2014 in National

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world's consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat.

Robbery violence led cops to fire despite hostage

Posted 7/18/2014 in National

Misty Holt-Singh planned to be gone for just a few minutes when she stepped into her local bank. Instead, she became the victim of three robbers who had gone there, too, planning to take both money and hostages.

 

Social Security office back open in Columbus

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Social Security Administration office in Columbus is back open after closing for repairs in the wake of the April 28 tornadoes that struck Lowndes County.

 

No resurrection imminent for theater-turned-church

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The skeleton of the Varsity Twin theater lies at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Columbus. The red brick is chipped and faded; the black shingles hang jagged, like rotten teeth on the verge of falling out. The white boxes holding the black letters reading "Varsity Twin" remain; the "R" and the "W" are slightly askew.

Police dept. searching for assistant chief

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a new assistant chief. The department went from two assistant chiefs to none when Chief Tony Carleton, who was serving as assistant chief, was promoted and Assistant Chief Joe Johnson retired in June.

 

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