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Caledonians rally to support families who lost homes in fires

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This Christmas will be marked with misfortune for a pair of Caledonia families, who lost their homes in fires over the past week.

 

Neighborhood festival or campaign event?

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Welcome to the Friendly City, the historic haven nestled along the banks of the Tombigbee River where the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has a deal for you when it comes to festival grants, especially if you happen to be a county supervisor or city councilman.

Newtown creates somber backdrop for Christmas sermons

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area clergy will acknowledge tragedy in today's messages.

Moms find Christmas preparations stressful

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christmas break? For moms, there is likely to be no greater misnomer. For some parents, the Christmas season is a far cry from a Norman Rockwell painting. In the days of Elf on the Shelf and Pinterest, there are increasingly new ways -- and new pressures -- to make each Christmas the "Best Christmas Ever."

Town in mourning inundated with gifts, money

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

Peter Leone was busy making deli sandwiches and working the register at his Newtown General Store when he got a phone call from Alaska. It was a woman who wanted to give him her credit card number. "She said, 'I'm paying for the next $500 of food that goes out your door,"' Leone said. "About a half hour later another gentleman called, I think from the West Coast, and he did the same thing for $2,000."

 

Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

 

 

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, one of Washington's most respected voices on foreign policy, as his next secretary of state. The move is the first in an expected overhaul of Obama's national security team heading into his second term.

 

 

Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

 

Civil War shells preserved in wall where they hit

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

They are there just where they landed in Fort Sumter a century and a half ago -- three Union shells from rifled Parrot guns embedded in the masonry wall of the garrison where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.

Haunted by Newtown: Parents struggle with safety fears after tragedy

Posted 12/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday morning, students grabbed their jackets and back packs, lunch boxes and homework and loaded on school buses or in the back seat of SUV's just like they do every morning before school. They spent the car ride singing to the radio, eating breakfast bars they grabbed as they were hurriedly walking out the door and arguing with their siblings in the back seat. However, this past Monday, morning routines that seemed mundane in nature took on a different meaning for parents.

House recesses with no fiscal cliff solution

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

President Barack Obama says he'll press ahead with Congress in hopes of preventing across-the-board tax increases set to strike taxpayers Jan. 1 after House GOP leaders unexpectedly put off a vote on legislation calling for higher rates on million-dollar earners Thursday evening.

 

Fowler joins race to fill Turner's seat

Posted 12/21/2012 in Area

Former West Point business owner Kenny Fowler has entered the race for the 16th District Senate seat left vacant by the death of Bennie Turner, D-West Point. Fowler will be facing Turner's daughter, Angela Turner Lairy, prosecutor for Clay County.

 

Starkville finished with first stage in fiber optic system

Posted 12/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department has finished the first phase of installing a fiber optic cable network that will provide the department a platform to enhance data collection and eventually allow utilization of automatic meter reading.

 

House approves $633 billion defense bill

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military's ability to fight.

 

 

Bells toll for victims one week after shooting

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community -- and the nation -- to its core.

 

 

Few memorials for gunman's mother

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

When people here speak of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they use the number 26: the ones killed after Adam Lanza stormed his way into the school.

 

 

Pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.

 

 

N Korea says it has detained US citizen

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

North Korea said today that an American citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news reports about his arrest at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from Washington for launching a long-range rocket last week.

 

 

Girl shot by Taliban doesn't want school named after her

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honor to avert militant attacks on students, an official said today.

 

 

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