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AP glance: Varied license laws for older drivers

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Jerry Wiseman notices it's harder to turn and check his car's blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his wife took a refresher driving course, hunting tips to stay safe behind the wheel for many more years -- a good idea considering their state has arguably the nation's toughest older-driver laws.

MUW names Patton as new chief of police

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has hired a new police chief, six months after the departure of former chief Kennedy Meaders in March.


Mississippi legislative maps receive federal approval

Posted 9/15/2012 in State

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that it has approved Mississippi's legislative redistricting plans, but that doesn't prevent anyone from suing to try to block the maps from being used.



Lowndes taxes remain flat; reserves to cover budget shortfall

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Millage rates will stay the same for Lowndes County residents as the board of supervisors passed its Fiscal Year 2013 budget Friday morning after a public hearing was held.



Brooks vocal in opposition to CVB board appointment

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What could have been a quick conversation among gentlemen turned into a circus of race and politics Friday at the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting. Approving an appointee to replace George Swales to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau turned into a highly contentious issue, particularly between longtime sparring partners District Five Supervisor Leroy Brooks and District One Supervisor and Board President Harry Sanders.


A rising tide: Three counties unveil vision for development partnership

Posted 9/15/2012 in Area

Friday afternoon, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins and a seven-person steering committee proudly presented their "baby" to a packed house at East Mississippi Community College's Lyceum Auditorium.


CMSD board, staff discuss state test scores

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District administrators spent two hours Friday evening pouring over state test results and explaining to board members their plans for improvement in the upcoming year.



Oktibbeha taxes remain unchanged

Posted 9/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Only one citizen showed up on Friday morning to witness the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors vote to approve the proposed 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which does not include a millage increase.



Details of tri-county coalition unveiled

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of speculation, the specifics of a tri-county economic development coalition were unveiled today at East Mississippi Community College's Lyceum Auditorium.


Area's 'report cards' show cause for concern

Posted 9/14/2012 in Area

The grades are in, and in some cases, the results aren't pretty.

New group hopes to negate effects of cycle of teen pregnancy

Posted 9/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A new Teen Parent Coalition, facilitated by the Oktibbeha County Families First Resource Center, is reaching out to teen mothers in the area in order to break what Brooks said is cyclical issue in the county.

Woman released on $2 bond

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If a Columbus woman doesn't show up for her next court hearing, she'll have to pay the price. In fact, she'll have to pay $2.


City approves budget with no millage increase

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than a month of discussions, motions and hearings, the Columbus City Council voted Thursday to approve its Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget. The budget contains $22,932.13 in revenues and $23,258,533 in expenditures, leaving a $326,115 deficit.


Columbus student charged with statutory rape

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School student was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of statutory rape.

Sumrall out on bond

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with child pornography is back home after being arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.


Starkville cops to get 'thank-you' Saturday

Posted 9/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The wife of a Starkville Police Officer is taking steps to make sure officers know just how much they are appreciated.



Miss. governor headed to Japan for economic conference

Posted 9/14/2012 in State

Republican Phil Bryant of Mississippi is one of five Southeastern U.S. governors in Japan for a trade conference.



Ark. police reveal more records in cuffed shooting

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

An Arkansas police officer said he didn't know a handcuffed 21-year-old man had suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the back of his patrol car until after he got in the vehicle and tried to drive the man to jail, according to documents released Thursday.


Strike talks in Chicago move toward end game

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

More than 350,000 students remain out of their classrooms as bargaining to end Chicago's teachers strike dragged into Friday ahead of an afternoon union gathering where a vote could stamp approval on any deal.


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