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Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians.



Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation.


Browning on Business: Golden Triangle getting 2 new eateries, Michaels set to open

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

Starkville recently lost two restaurants: Bojangles and Three Little Pigs. The buildings that housed them won't stay empty long, though.

GTRA's growth good omen for local economy

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport created $272.5 million in economic activity in 2012. Regional airports through the state produce $2.5 billion in economic activity, according to a report made by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

West Point specialty store to relocate to Oxford

Posted 8/7/2014 in Area

After 12 years as a downtown staple, Culin-Arts, a culinary supply store, will be closing by the end of the month. The store's owner, Valeda Carmichael, said she will relocate her business to Oxford.


City faces $500K budget shortfall

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city will likely have to dip into its reserve fund to balance next year's budget. City councilmen held a special meeting for the second time in as many weeks Wednesday to discuss and revise the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.


Mayor votes himself a $10K raise

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has given himself a $10,000 pay raise. During a budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year, Smith broke a 3-3 city council tie and gave himself the raise.


Miss. GOP won't hear challenge to Cochran

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

Mississippi's Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The party said McDaniel would do better taking his challenge to court.



Webinar series offered to small business owners

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

Business owners eager to capitalize on the power of technology can attend a free series of webinars scheduled for this fall.


Aldermen override Perkins on Cadence acquisition

An effort led by Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins to execute a purchase contract for Cadence Bank's Main Street branch was delayed by his fellow board members Tuesday after other aldermen said proper due diligence studies, including cost projections for renovations and a proper site inspection, were needed before the city formally acquires the property.


Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

Posted 8/7/2014 in National

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.



Man sentenced to 25 years for child exploitation

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on a charge of sexual exploitation of children.



Prepaid tuition plan to reopen with higher prices

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

The Mississippi board that oversees the plan that allows people to lock in pricing for future college tuition voted Wednesday to reopen the program, but charge sharply higher prices.



TVA to cut more than 2,000 jobs

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.



Man pleads guilty in Sen. Thad Cochran photo case

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

One of the men charged in a conspiracy to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's ailing wife pleaded guilty Wednesday, drawing no jail time in a plea agreement in which he pledged to cooperate with prosecutors.



Business brief: Boatright Hired

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Business brief: Phillips-Gaines Honored

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Building permits 8-7-14

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-7-14

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



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