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West Lowndes fights to recover from disheartening state review

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The criticism was swift and biting -- so much so that several attendees of the Lowndes County School Board meeting last week said they inwardly cringed as consultants ripped West Lowndes High School to shreds.

CVB to vote on first round of festival funding

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Event organizers seeking grants for festivals taking place January through July of next year will present their proposals Monday to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Trustees. The new model is part of an overhaul of the board's festival grant guidelines.

Bicycle accident on Main

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Emergency personnel tend Jacques Mullen, 29, who was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle Friday afternoon on Main Street.

Smith sentenced to five years for parole violation

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, appeared Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court for a bond revocation hearing. Smith was recently indicted in federal court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. As a result of that charge, his bond from his 2008 robbery conviction was revoked. 

Is giant reed a 'miracle plant' or the next kudzu?

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established.

Search ends for 2 after oil rig fire

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

 

Mom foils 'Twilight' shooter's plot

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

A southwest Missouri man who confessed this week to plotting to shoot up a "Twilight" showing and a Walmart store was detained in 2009 after threatening a store clerk, police said Saturday.

 

White House: Israel has right to defend itself

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The White House on Saturday defended Israel's right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict.

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.

 

West Point's Christmas Tour of Homes visits Old Waverly

Posted 11/17/2012 in Area

The third annual Christmas Tour of Homes in West Point will showcase six unique homes at Old Waverly Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 p.m. in the Clubhouse on the grounds.

 

Silicor will miss deadline; future uncertain

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A much-anticipated Lowndes County industrial prospect will miss a second construction deadline. According to Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, Silicor Materials is not expected to meet its phase one groundbreaking deadline set for Dec. 31.

Church still interested in Lee purchase

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five months have passed since Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse's bid for Lee Middle School was rejected, but he has not given up hope.

Castleberry gets IHL approval for CottonMill project

Posted 11/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Thursday, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors approved a contract between Mississippi State University and Columbus developer Mark Castleberry to develop the much-delayed CottonMill project.

 

Angel Tree program begins today

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Christmas season approaches, children anxiously write their lists to Santa, begging for the top toy of the season.

 

 

Rodent problem? How about 180 million rats?

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say -- and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

 

Wiseman says city won't fight ethics ruling

Posted 11/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said the city will not challenge a preliminary report by the Mississippi Ethics Commission that says the city violated three sections of the state Open Meetings Act.

 

State finds homestead exemption mistakes

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has found mistakes in 36,000 homestead exemption filings.

 

 

BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

 

 

DeLaughter no longer on supervised release

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

Bobby DeLaughter, a former circuit judge caught up in Mississippi's judicial bribery scandal, is no longer on post-prison supervised release.

 

 

$100-a-year fee approved at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The state College Board has approved a request from Mississippi's two largest universities to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

 

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