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Obama vows to end 'scourge' of sex abuse

Posted 5/17/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is pledging to eliminate the "scourge" of sexual assault in the military while cautioning that it will take a long and sustained effort by all military members.

Indicted teacher still drawing paycheck

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nine months after being indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office on fraud charges relating to a nationwide testing scam, a teacher is still on paid leave with the Columbus Municipal School District.


Palmer Home to open own school in fall

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a century, Palmer Home for Children has provided safety, shelter and love for children in need. Now, the Columbus facility is adding a new facet to its services -- a library and school for the 90 children who call the 110-acre campus their home.


Sequester threatens production at Columbus Eurocopter

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this week, Sean O'Keefe, American Eurocopter parent company CEO , said cuts to the Pentagon budget under the "sequester" budget reduction plan could force the company to slash production of the UH-72 Lakota helicopter, which is produced at its Columbus facility.


Syracuse professor chosen as dean for College of Engineering

Posted 5/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A New York higher education administrator and faculty member is Mississippi State's new engineering dean.



Starkville will have planned blackout Sunday

Posted 5/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Tennessee Valley Authority will pull the plug on Starkville's power supply early Sunday while workers improve the area's power grid.


Attorney: Wynn challenging at least one Ward 2 affidavit

Posted 5/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 2 alderman candidate Lisa Wynn is formally challenging the Starkville Municipal Democratic Executive Committee's Monday decision to reject at least one affidavit, Wynn's attorney Charles Yoste said Thursday.


House committee to grill ousted IRS chief

Posted 5/17/2013 in National



Obama calls for embassy security funding

Posted 5/17/2013 in National



Dying man's eye blinks lead to verdict

Posted 5/17/2013 in National



Miss. to hire superintendent of education

Posted 5/17/2013 in State

Mississippi could choose its new state superintendent of education by October. The state Board of Education agreed in a Thursday discussion to take applications for the post from early June through early September, with plans to interview finalists in late September and reach a contract with a new leader by October.



Mom chases down child abductor

Posted 5/17/2013 in National



Arias victim's family makes statement

Posted 5/17/2013 in National



Interior issues new fracking rule

Posted 5/17/2013 in National

Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said Thursday.



CMSD workers forced to return pay

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Custodial and maintenance staff with the Columbus Municipal School District will have 28 hours of pay deducted from their next paychecks as reimbursement for pay approved by their supervisors but ruled inappropriate by district officials. The 39 employees will lose approximately $200 to $500, depending on their pay rate.


Wright: Board vote may be a misappropriation of funds

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright is concerned the district may be judged to have misappropriated taxpayer funds if their vote opposing starting an alternative school in the county is not reversed.

Contractor killed at CAFB construction work site

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contract worker died from injuries sustained in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base Thursday afternoon.

Brock chosen to direct United Way of Lowndes County

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's United Way of Lowndes County pacesetters may want to get a running start before trying to keep up with their new leader.


House panel OKs farm bill with food stamp cuts

Posted 5/16/2013 in National



Trust fund board holds first meeting

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A timeline has been set for financial firms to submit proposals to manage finances from Lowndes County's hospital sale.



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