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AT&T joins mix to provide cable service for city

Posted 12/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may have an alternative option for Internet and cable television services next year. City councilmen approved paying a consultant $12,000 to negotiate re-upping Columbus' contract with Cable One, which is up for renewal in June, and to work with AT&T to bring its digital services to the city.

Board approves disciplinary action against police department master sergeant

Posted 12/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a disciplinary action against Starkville Police Department Master Sgt. Shawn Word after a closed-door meeting with police officials.

OCSD makes arrest in 16th Section Road accident

Posted 12/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies arrested Dana Jones Roberson, 54, of Starkville, after he allegedly caused a head-on, multi-car collision Saturday that resulted in numerous injuries.


Memorial Friday, funeral Saturday for Allain

Posted 12/4/2013 in State

A memorial service for former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain will be held Friday at the state Capitol in Jackson, and the funeral will be Saturday in Natchez.


Lowndes Co. tightens rubbish pickup rules

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County now has stricter guidelines on its brush and debris pickup procedure. Supervisors on Monday passed a policy stating crews who handle those duties will no longer gather large trees, stumps, tires or household garbage.

County switches to self-funded insurance plan

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County employees will save on medical insurance costs after supervisors opted to transition from a fully-insured to a self-insured system.

Former Miss. Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday. He was 85.

Still time for holiday donations

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus residents that are in the spirit of giving this holiday season, there are still several opportunities to donate to those in need.

EMCC Golden Triangle expansion to begin in early 2014

Posted 12/3/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

East Mississippi Community College will break ground on a new student union at its Mayhew campus early next year, President Rick Young told Oktibbeha County supervisors Monday, after the school successfully lobbied area counties for financial pledges this summer.


Obama tries to move past health care website woes

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.



Fast-food strikes aim at 100 U.S. cities

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.


Arrest report: 12-3-13

Posted 12/3/2013 in Area


Miss. judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A Mississippi judge on Monday refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn't recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer.



Arraignment set in Mississippi ricin letters case

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday on a new charge.


Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

mid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

Hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

A traveling medical technician who stole painkillers and infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison.


Double vision: Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One.



Troopers work 167 collisions over holiday, 2 fatal

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol worked two fatal accidents over the Thanksgiving holidays and investigated a total of 167 collisions that injured 36 people.



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