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Firefighters 'relieved' hostage ordeal is over

Posted 4/11/2013 in National

 

 

Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail delivery

Posted 4/11/2013 in National

The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

 

 

Hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

Posted 4/11/2013 in National

A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a "Walmart," authorities said Wednesday.

 

 

Device to scare birds causes lockdown

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway, authorities said.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 4-11-13

Posted 4/11/2013 in Business

 

 

Dogfight investigation yields cash, weapons

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

 

 

Community shred day to be held Friday

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With tax day fast approaching, area financial experts are advising people to consider destroying documents they no longer need.

 

 

Sally Kate Winters set for main fundraiser

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heather Usry sees the faces behind the statistics every day. Six million children. Approximately 3.6 million cases. One child abuse report filed every 10 seconds. Last year, 120 abused children from 40 Mississippi counties sought refuge in West Point at Sally Kate Winters Family Services, where Usry works as outreach coordinator.

 

Columbus library helps bridge 'digital divide'

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Love it or hate it, the Internet is here to stay, rapidly permeating almost every aspect of our culture. Once a novelty, digital literacy is now a critical skill, and libraries across the country are scrambling to get their patrons up to speed.

 

Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants fill the doctor gap

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to a report from Irving, Texas-based physician staffing company, Staff Care, a shortage of physicians in the United States, coupled with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is prompting healthcare facilities to expand the role of primary care providers.

 

Proposed Magnolia Bowl demolition invites speculation

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The future of the historic Magnolia Bowl remains uncertain but the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring its options. During Monday night's school board meeting, city engineer Kevin Stafford informed the board of an offer from the Columbus Light and Water Department to remove the concrete bleachers and the wall that surrounds the 80-year-old stadium.

Changes could come to SSD student grading, advancement

Posted 4/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District could soon revisit its elementary and middle school grading system, district Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jody Woodrum said Tuesday.

 

Federal budget cuts ground Air Force aircraft

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

Many Golden Triangle districts eligible for charter schools

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charter schools could begin showing up in area school districts as early as next year, pending Gov. Phil Bryant's signature on House Bill 369, which passed the Senate last week 34-18. The governor has said he will sign the bill, opening the door for up to 15 charter schools per year to open in struggling and failing school districts across the state.

 

Candidates forum for mayor, council set for Thursday

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first political forum this campaign season that brings together all candidates for mayoral and city council offices will begin 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

 

 

McAlpin: DOJ desegregation order still an issue

Posted 4/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Board Attorney Dolton McAlpin says Department of Justice approval is needed for future consolidation with the county school district even though legislators OK'd the matter on April 3.

 

 

Starkville man dies in Tuesday wreck

Posted 4/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man died Tuesday afternoon after a fatal motorcycle accident.

 

Obama sends Congress $3.77 trillion spending plan

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security.

 

Education focus shifts to implementation

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

If 2013 was the education session for Mississippi's Legislature, it will be followed by the implementation season. State leaders will have to create structures to authorize charter schools and fund prekindergarten programs. Literacy coaches will have to be hired to implement a new focus on reading grades K-3, along with training for thousands of teachers.

 

 

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