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Columbus chapter celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is celebrating National Boys and Girls Club week with week-long festivities. Nadia Dale, director of the local club, said she is excited about the week ahead.


Senators work on deal expanding background checks

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.



Officials hope Highway 182 upgrade will lure new businesses

Starkville officials are optimistic a series of completed and ongoing projects will spur Highway 128 redevelopment and bring new businesses to one of the town's most crucial corridors.


Fire ants on the march in spring

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

April is the time for neighborhoods to get together to fight fire ants and for farmers to attack the critters in pastures and hay fields, experts say.


Pentagon struggles with high cost of health care

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program -- the military's health care system.



Father: Slain diplomat died doing what she loved

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The family of an American diplomat who was among those killed in a terrorist attack in southern Afghanistan has taken solace in knowing she died doing what she loved.


Missing: A Columbus family's search for a missing sister spans five decades

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Everything was going to be OK, she said. Better than OK. The past few years had been tough, but she was tough, too, and she was going to make it. Wronged in so many ways, she was going to finally set things right. Build a new life for herself and her eight-month-old daughter.

City to investigate 'serious' parks issues

Starkville representatives are calling for the creation of a task force to investigate budgeting anomalies discovered in Starkville Parks Commission's Fiscal Year 2012.


City wins legal battle over facility upgrades

An almost two-year legal battle over the City of Starkville's plans to construct a new city hall and rehabilitate its current location concluded Wednesday when the Mississippi Supreme Court denied resident William McGovern's motion to reconsider a previous appeal.


Downtown buzzes with activity on 'Super' Saturday

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is nothing rare to hear residents complain there is nothing to do in Columbus. Anyone who was guilty of making that comment this weekend clearly didn't walk around downtown Saturday.

Caledonia firefighters make bid for new station

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials with the county's volunteer fire services are hoping to convince Lowndes County supervisors to take the first step in a process to build a new main station by purchasing a parcel of land that would allow room for long-term growth.


Analysis: 2013 session mixes substance, silliness

Posted 4/6/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers approved substantial public policy changes during their 2013 session, with an emphasis on trying new approaches to public education.



Electronic court document filing expanding

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chancery courts in Lowndes, Webster and Clay counties are expected to be next to test electronic filing of court documents although an exact date has not been announced.



League of Voters to host political forum

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County League of Voters will host a political forum for candidates seeking office in the Columbus municipal elections.


Authorities say video shows Jackson police officer shooting

Posted 4/6/2013 in State

Authorities have a video from a police interrogation room that shows a murder suspect shooting a detective to death before killing himself with the officer's gun, a person with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.


Obama: Budget not 'ideal' but has 'tough reforms'

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his "ideal plan" but offers "tough reforms" for benefit programs and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy.



'Will she or won't she' question following Hillary Clinton

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

Young supporters hold signs outside Hillary Rodham Clinton's speeches urging her to run for president. Audiences listen with rapt attention as she discusses the plight of women and girls in developing countries.



Obama risks political capital in pursuing morning-after pill case

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks.



Hitching Lot Farmers' Market ready for Saturday opening

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the advent of spring, farmers' markets are never far behind. The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus will welcome the first fresh goods of the 2013 season when it opens Saturday morning from 7-10 a.m.



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