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Marriages and divorces 3-7-13

Posted 3/7/2013 in Business



Efforts to avoid gov't shutdown move to Senate

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Efforts to stave off a late March government shutdown shifted to the Senate after House Republicans swiftly passed legislation to keep federal agencies running, while also easing some of the effects of $85 billion in budget cuts.



Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

Posted 3/6/2013 in National

resident Hugo Chavez was a former paratroop commander and self-styled "subversive" who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals. He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela's vast oil wealth to his political advantage.


Comet making closest approach ever

Posted 3/6/2013 in National

A recently discovered comet is closer than it's ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it.


Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

Posted 3/6/2013 in National

Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.


Flyers call knives-on-planes policy 'common sense'

Posted 3/6/2013 in National

Flyers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes.


Arrest report 3-6-13

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Miss. rep. asks FBI to review candidate's death

Posted 3/6/2013 in State

A Mississippi congressman on Tuesday asked the FBI to review the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated.


Caledonia employee files sexual harassment complaint

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee has filed a sexual harassment complaint against a candidate for the board of aldermen, sources confirmed this morning.


Lowndes supervisors ask for more time to re-open Co-Op Road

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors said it needs more time to repair Co-Op Road. During Monday's meeting, the board asked board attorney Tim Hudson to file an appeal against a February judgment that ordered the county to reopen Co-Op road.


Columbus city service fair set for Thursday

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents wishing to ask questions about some of the services provided by the city will have the opportunity to do so Thursday.



Council hires Rawle as new CFO

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of searching, the City of Columbus now has a new chief financial officer. The city council voted unanimously to hire Milton Rawle Jr. of Vicksburg. Rawle was one of two finalists for the position.


Dispute over eligibility leaves mayoral candidate fuming

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's municipal election is still three months away, but the temperature is already rising, with one of the two mayoral candidates alleging harassment and invasion of privacy since she announced her intent to seek the town's top spot.

Amended merger bill would create consolidation study group

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed the House Education Committee passed a Clay County school merger bill Tuesday with the same language it contained when introduced. The same cannot be said for what the Senate Education Committee did to the Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Committee breathes new life into former CottonMill project

The much-delayed development formerly known as CottonMill will soon be given new life now that a committee has been established to oversee the approval of new designs and a new construction manager.

Parents outraged by loss of gifted program

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although officials say it has been a move three years in the making, parents and students responded with shock and anger over the Lowndes County School District's decision to drop its gifted program, commonly known as MERIT, for the county's seventh- and eighth-graders.

Supes consider consolidated vo-tech center

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright continued his campaign for a consolidated vocational career center Monday in an appearance before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Sumrall pleads guilty on child porn charge

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with possession of child pornography and exploitation of a child appeared in federal court in Aberdeen Monday, pleading guilty to count one of the indictment.

Columbus High seniors display artwork at Rosenzweig

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, none of the students in Sarah Oswalt's Visual Arts class could have imagined having a gallery opening for their work. Most of them were sure they had no artistic talent at all. But the class is a required part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum, meaning the 11 students had to at least give art a chance, even if they never fully embraced it.


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