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City-owned utility out $350K after under billing

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

GREENWOOD -- Greenwood Utilities has taken a $350,000 hit after under-billing a local furniture factory for 15 years before the mistake was caught.

 

 

Lowndes Relay for Life starts Thursday

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lowndes County will get under way at 6 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers and participants will gather at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Outpatient Pavilion conference rooms for a rally to launch fundraising for the year.

 

District 3 firefighters name station after former chief

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Bill McCord's name is mentioned in the New Hope community and among District 3 firefighters, it is accompanied by glowing tributes. Awesome. Dedicated. Role Model.

Family, friends say goodbye to Starkville High's Devin Mitchell

Posted 1/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.

Columbus schools to put 'for sale' sign at Brandon

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Finances have been the Achilles' heel of the Columbus Municipal School District for quite some time, and the issue of money -- specifically how to generate revenue -- came up again during Monday night's meeting.

18-year-old suspected of shooting uncle to death

An Oktibbeha County man is in custody in connection with a Starkville shooting after a seven-hour search that ended Monday when he turned himself in.

 

Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game -- BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered.

 

 

Second Georgia man dies from RV wreck on way to BCS game

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities say a second man has died from injuries sustained in the crash in southern Mississippi of a motorhome carrying people from Georgia to New Orleans to attend the national college football championship game.

 

 

Civil War museums changing as view on war changes

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.

 

 

Dodge Dart to join compact car race

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

 

 

Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A convicted murderer released from prison over the weekend on a pardon by Gov. Haley Barbour was denied parole less than two weeks ago.

 

 

Fundraising begins to construct Evers statue

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

LORMAN -- The 50th anniversary of the June 12, 1963, assassination of Medgar Evers won't be commemorated until next year, but Alcorn State University has begun its campaign to raise funds to build a statue honoring Evers, who graduated there in 1952.

 

 

Mississippi high court to hear church dispute

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the move of a church in Oxford.

 

 

Bush education law offered great promise, but after 10 years, wide agreement on need to fix it

Posted 1/8/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation's poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world.

 

 

Arkansas man dies after electrocution in Monroe

Posted 1/8/2012 in Area

An Arkansas man visiting family for the holidays died New Year's Eve after a metal pole he was moving made contact with a power line.

 

 

AP Interview: Hyde-Smith will focus on jobs

Posted 1/8/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Cindy Hyde-Smith wants to emphasize the "commerce" part of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

 

 

USPS, residents at odds over Columbus station closure

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The downtown Columbus post office has received a stay of execution for now. But a number of local organizations are trying to figure out what -- if anything -- can be done if a proposed closure moves from conjecture to certainty.

 

 

Accused student's shooter fired into the darkness, he tells police

WEST POINT -- The more details revealed in the New Year's Day shooting death of Devin Mitchell, the more questions arise.

 

 

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