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Hyatt, Marriott hotels should be open by end of the year

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two new Columbus hotels are well on their way to an eagerly anticipated completion. Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Marriott will be opening in the coming months, which will add 208 hotel rooms to the city.


Economic jitters compete with Obama agenda

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences.



Marriages and divorces 1-31-13

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business


Neighbors: Suspect in Ala. standoff was violent

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man with anti-government views who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets.


Cockfighting felony bills filed

Posted 1/31/2013 in State

Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States.



MSMS heading to National Science Bowl after win

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students are headed to the National Science Bowl after taking first place in the state high school science bowl Friday. MSMS students will travel to Washington, D.C., April 25-29.



Business brief: Lindley elected

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business



US economy shifted into reverse in late 2012

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

The U.S. economy shrank unexpectedly late last year, a reminder of the biggest threat it faces in 2013: sharp government spending cuts and prolonged political budget fights.



Ethanol industry turns to plant residue, scraps

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

Ethanol producers have talked for decades about using plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive, but now companies finally are building full-scale refineries.



Building permits 1-31-13

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business



Facebook 4Q results surpass expectations

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Facebook delivered fourth-quarter results above Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday and sought to show that it has finally transformed into a "mobile company."


Gregory assumes CEO duties for GSDP

Posted 1/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's now official: Jennifer Gregory is chief executive officer for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Gregory, who joined the GSDP in 2009 as vice president of tourism and its Main Street Association manager, has been the acting CEO since last May.

Ten years since loss of space shuttle Columbia

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom. Now, 10 years later, Iain Clark is a young man on the cusp of college with a master's rating in scuba diving and three parachute jumps in his new log book. His mother, Dr. Laurel Clark, loved scuba and skydiving. So did her flight surgeon husband and Iain's dad, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who since the Feb. 1, 2003 accident, has been a crusader for keeping space crews safe.


Brazil nightclub owner blames country for fire

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

The owner of a nightclub in southern Brazil where more than 230 people died in a fire last weekend deflected blame to "the whole country," as well as to architects and inspectors charged with making sure the building was safe, his lawyer said Wednesday.


Patty Andrews, last of Andrews Sisters, dies in Los Angeles

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Patty Andrews never served in the military, but she and her singing sisters certainly supported the troops.


New England Journal: Study finds prostate cancer treatment side effects

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

A new study shows how important it is for men to carefully consider treatments for early-stage prostate cancer. Fifteen years after surgery or radiation treatment, nearly all of the older men in the study had some problems having sex.



Miss. submits proposed voter ID rules to feds

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that he has given the federal government proposed rules for how the state intends to carry out a voter identification law that is in limbo.


District 36 House election date set for March 12

Posted 1/30/2013 in Area

Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday set a date for a special election for House District 36. The election, created because of the death of longtime District 36 Rep. David Gibbs, will be March 12.

Two arrested on drug, burglary charges

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point man was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, more than an ounce with intent to distribute.


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