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Riverwalk expansion project begins

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year, visitors to the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex will be able to walk from one to the other with ease as plans continue to move forward on connecting the two venues.

VISTA workers making a difference as

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In nearly two years as executive director of the Columbus Arts Council, Tina Sweeten has revolutionized the way the organization operates. Known for her grant writing skills, Sweeten garnered enough grant money to fund 10 Volunteers In Service In America (VISTA) workers. VISTA not only helps the Columbus Arts Council but other local agencies as well.

 

Feds reject proposed health exchange in Miss.

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Renasant to buy First M&F in $119M stock deal

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.

 

 

Obama rallies Democrats, scorns GOP fiscal plans

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.

 

 

150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.

 

In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in cages

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they've faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.

 

Residential fire claims life of elderly Starkville woman

A residential fire in Starkville Thursday left one person dead and sent another to the hospital. Starkville Fire Department Chief Rodger Mann said if it were not for the quick response of SFD firefighters, two lives could have easily been lost.

 

 

Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing three

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt that had three states and Mexico on alert for much of Thursday.

 

 

Miss. mulls private collectors for child support

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services could hire private companies to handle child support collections under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

 

 

House bill would move Revenue Dept. to Clinton

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

House members want to move the Department of Revenue to a new home in Speaker Philip Gunn's district.

 

 

Building permits 2-7-13

Posted 2/7/2013 in Business

 

Boy Scouts delay decision on policy excluding gays

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

Bigelow picked for Main Street post

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a familiar face as its new director. Barbara Bigelow, who already serves on the organization's board of directors, will begin her new duties as director on Feb. 25. Announced via press release Wednesday afternoon, the decision comes less than a week after former director Nickie Nicholson was fired.

 

Six arrested on meth charges, second bust in two days

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of nine people, six on methamphetamine charges. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit pulled over a vehicle driven by Stephen Knight in front of Country Mart on Hwy. 82 in New Hope. A search of the vehicle produced a quarter-ounce of crystal meth and various drug paraphernalia.

 

County investment options bill dies

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bill that would have allowed county board of supervisors to invest excess funds in delinquent county tax sales has died in committee. House Bill 439 was written by Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, on behalf of District 1 Supervisor and board president Harry Sanders, who has been a advocate for more flexibility in investing the county's revenue from the sale of the county hospital.

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

 

Expansion not in Medicaid bill, but not dead issue

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program.

 

 

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