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Johnson: More focus needed on mental illness

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than a month has passed since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., but questions remain. What was wrong with Adam Lanza? What would lead someone to kill 20 children, six adults, his mother and himself? And how can we stop this from happening again?

Correnti takes steel mill to Arkansas

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Venture capitalist John Correnti is among the investors connected with a $1.1 billion steel mill headed for Mississippi -- Mississippi County in Arkansas.

Liddell: No further cuts to athletics this year

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell assured parents and staff members via email Sunday that athletic funding will not be among the "non-essentials" that will be cut at the beginning of next month.

SSD's Holloway pushes for amendments to consolidation bill

Posted 1/30/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed House bill that would consolidate the schools in Starkville and Oktibbeha County would not mean a change on the Starkville School District's board of trustees, Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway said.

 

Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

Posted 1/30/2013 in National

Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

 

Schools delay start times for Wednesday

Posted 1/29/2013 in Area

Area schools have delayed Wednesday's start times due to the threat of severe weather.

 

Bill: Elect school boards as local control returns

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

Residents of some Mississippi school districts exiting state control could get to elect new school board members.

 

Police push for background checks on gun purchases

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama Monday urged him to focus on strengthening gun purchase background checks and mental health systems, but did not unify behind his more controversial gun control efforts.

 

FBI: Checks peak in week after Conn. shooting

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

The FBI said Monday it conducted more background checks for firearms sales and permits to carry guns the week following the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre that it has in any other one-week period since 1998.

 

 

CVB backs down: Board tables motion to change festival funding bylaw

Posted 1/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau tabled a motion that would have eliminated elected officials from receiving festival grant funding during its Monday meeting. The motion, made by Leon Ellis, would have closed the door on any elected official being part of a festival or quality of life committee.

 

 

OCEDA proposes new site for MHP

Posted 1/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority Board President Jack Wallace has his way, the Mississippi Highway Patrol will move their district office into Cornerstone Park.

 

Group works to bring fresh food co-op to Golden Triangle

Posted 1/29/2013 in Area

Vicky Rose knew something was wrong. She was tired all the time, unable some days to crawl out of bed. When she talked to her doctor, he ran through a battery of tests, trying to find the cause. Finally, he decided upon an answer: As the mother of seven vivacious, home-schooled children, of course she was exhausted, he said.

Under pressure, Boy Scouts may end no-gays policy

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves.

Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

 

Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.

 

 

Q&A about Miss. plans in federal health overhaul

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

 

 

School officials concerned about mandatory consolidation

Posted 1/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Neither the Starkville nor Oktibbeha County school districts will have the final say when it comes to whether or not the two will be consolidated next year. A a new bill filed at the state capital last week makes it mandatory.

 

CAFB remains optimistic despite threat of budget cuts

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials responded last week to a memo that warned of sweeping budget cuts in the upcoming year, including cutting non-critical and non-combat flying hours by 20 percent.

Organizers to ask CVB for more band money

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a contentious showdown Dec. 17, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks will once again be on the agenda at today's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's board of trustees. Brooks, who said he submitted a letter to the board and festival grants committee chairman Mark Castleberry, said he will not personally appear before the board.

Former CAFB Airman makes history in South Carolina

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brigadier General Calvin H. Elam likes to say he came to Columbus Air Force Base to get an education, but he ended up taking home a bride. Recently that bride, Mary Glenn Elam, and a host of in-laws, watched him make history as he became the first black brigadier general in the South Carolina Air National Guard. His path to the top has not been easy.

 

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