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Johnson urges audience to remember, celebrate, act

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 wrapped up five days of activities Monday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center. Keynote speaker Harry Johnson told an audience of more than 300 that the key to fulfilling King's dream relies on three components: remembering, celebrating and acting.

Area residents participate in history at inauguration

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus resident Kabir Karriem, Monday was all about capturing a moment in history. "I was participating in history," said Karriem, who also serves as a councilman in Columbus. "It was about seeing the first African- American president inaugurated into his second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 50 years after the 'I Have a Dream' speech and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation."


Pell Grant reductions present challenge for students, schools

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Changes to federal student aid last summer are taking a toll on Mississippi students, leaving college financial advisors concerned about the potential impact on enrollment as well as the state's economic future.



Miss. House eyes its own charter school proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said Monday that his panel would take up the House legislation this morning.



Schools likely focus of State of State

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to focus on education in his State of the State speech at 5 p.m. Tuesday.



Greenwood doctor charged with capital murder to have competency exam

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder.


Starkville, MSU events honor King's memory

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteer Starkville Director Jamey Matte pronounced Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event a huge success. "Things went great, we had about 200 to 250 people involved, including 50 volunteers," she said. The event, which was put on in conjunction with the Maroon Volunteer Center, featured family-friendly games, activities and learning opportunities, something neither organization had tried on Martin Luther King Day before.


Aldermen vote on sales tax proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Voters in the Golden Triangle, and across Mississippi, may soon be able to raise their own local sales tax without the hassle of getting state approval. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 to formally endorse the Citizens for Economic Development Act, legislation that would allow municipalities to temporarily raise their local sales tax one cent to help fund capital projects.


Monday profile: Robinson improves community, one child at a time

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The past few days have been busier than usual for Dr. John Robinson, a Columbus dentist and president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. Sunday found him pacing the Columbus Riverwalk, waiting for the kickoff of Dream 365's first march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march to Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Soccer complex upgrades on track

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"If you build it, they will come." That was the mentality when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council decided to build the $5 million, 70-acre soccer complex, and with the announcement of two major tournaments -- the Coaches Cup in November and the Presidents Cup in May 2014 -- people will definitely be coming to the Friendly City.

Mood subdued for Obama's second inauguration

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.


Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

By today's politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court's momentous Roe v. Wade ruling was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion.



Manning continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi prosecutors now have until Feb. 11 to respond to a death row inmate's ongoing effort to win a new trial for the killing of two university students in 1992.



MSU and University of Mississippi team up

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi's two largest universities are joining forces to enhance the recruitment and professional preparation of middle school and high school teachers.



Starkville to reapply for ambulance service grant

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is reapplying for an ambulance services for which grant officials previously thought they were ineligible.


Volunteers honor King's memory through Day of Service

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a group of Lowndes County citizens, Saturday's Day of Service was not just about donating their time to help out a local organization. It was about continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Charter school debate moves to Mississippi House

Posted 1/19/2013 in State

The hot potato that is charter school legislation is now in the hands of the Mississippi House of Representatives. On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate passed its version of charter school legislation in a vote that went along party lines, for the most part. The 31-17 vote had the unanimous support of Senate Republicans, with only a couple of Democrats voting with the majority.


Johnny Mathews: Blessed are the meek ...

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The day dawned dark and cold, with ice-slicked streets and clouds heavy with impending snow. Knowing the weather was supposed to be bad, Johnny Mathews, 64, rose earlier than usual Thursday morning. He didn't want to be late for work.


Media relations, criticism are hot topics at school board retreat

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees held its annual retreat Saturday morning at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel. Sequestered in a tiny side room dominated by a long conference table, the board discussed the events of the past year and brainstormed ways to make the upcoming year better.



Bills would remove gun permits from public records

Posted 1/19/2013 in State

Some Mississippi lawmakers propose cutting off public access to records about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed guns.



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