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Free fallin': Family says alleged bank robbery was a desperate act in a life that had spiraled out of control

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ashby Barton came to Columbus two weeks ago to enter treatment for his addictions he hoped to bring a photograph of his late girlfriend. He put it in a box, along with some other items. The picture of his girlfriend, though, which was taken before she died in a December car crash, was most important to Barton.

 

Caledonia students shine at science fair

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Ole Miss frat suspended, noose suspects kicked out

Posted 2/22/2014 in State

A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi was indefinitely suspended Friday by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, the first black student to enroll in the then all-white college.

 

SCM launching a mid-week produce market this season

Posted 2/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Market will offer a supplemental mid-week market this season that is expected to be open Tuesday afternoons during the market's normal spring and summer months, Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials confirmed this week.

Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

The world's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrived at the Mexico City airport after his arrest early Saturday and was being taken directly to prison, said Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.

 

Florida man shocked to learn of Medal of Honor

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Melvin Morris was commanding a strike force on a mission near Chi Lang, South Vietnam, when his special forces group came under attack and a fellow commander was killed near an enemy bunker.

 

 

265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.

 

Ignoring China's protest, Obama hosts Dalai Lama

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

President Barack Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama on Friday over the strong objections from China that the U.S. was meddling it its affairs. The White House took pains to ensure the meeting was not portrayed as a conference of two heads of state.

 

Oil train wrecks spur safety measures

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

 

 

Why employers say millennials can't get a job

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

A class that teaches you how to eat or even the basic social skills to get a job -- is it really necessary?

 

Market Street adds 'Splash of Color' to 5K run

Posted 2/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Runners participating in the annual Market Street Festival 5K can expect this year's event to be a bit more colorful. The event is scheduled for May 3.

14th Ave. drainage project moving forward

Posted 2/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A painstaking process to make drainage improvements to a contaminated ditch on 14th Avenue North is taking a major step forward.

CL&W OKs lockbox for bill payments

Posted 2/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water board members approved a lockbox service agreement with Trustmark Bank to process mailed and night deposit electric bill payments.

School supe's case headed to Mississippi Supreme Court

Posted 2/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright is taking his lawsuit against the Lowndes County School District to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Aldermen trim budget committee to three members

Posted 2/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen approved shrinking its seven-person budget and audit committee to three board members, thereby easing schedule restraints and beginning long-range planning initiatives, but at least two aldermen say they feel left out of the process guiding the city's approximately $18 million budget.

Internal email says MSU engineering dean moving to new job with school

Posted 2/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering Dean Achille Messac will transition to a tenured professor position within school's aerospace engineering department on March 1, according to an email sent to faculty and staff from the provost's office.

 

Mexico condemns shooting by border agent

Posted 2/21/2014 in National

The Mexican government on Thursday condemned a U.S. Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting of a Mexican man who allegedly struck the agent in the head with a rock near the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Man fired for using forklift on vending machine

Posted 2/21/2014 in National

An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

 

 

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