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School board won't hear parent's protest

Posted 2/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In advance of today's Lowndes County School Board meeting, Sherry Harris, parent of New Hope High School student and football player Javonte Ellis, filled out a form so she could be placed on the agenda to speak to the board.

Clay supes mulling second try for grant to build well

Posted 2/10/2014 in Area

On Christmas Eve in 2012, one of Siloam Water District's wells on Highway 46 failed. About 300 residences in northwest Clay County were without water until crews could manually open valves from other wells and restore supply.

Only 100 voter IDs distributed so far

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

About 100 Mississippi Voter ID cards -- equal to about three-one thousandths of the state's population -- have been distributed statewide since the start of a campaign to ensure voters are ready for mandatory photo IDs at the polls this year.


From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known.



Utility service meetings set in Monroe County

Posted 2/10/2014 in Area



Tickets for Tupelo Elvis festival going on sale today

Posted 2/10/2014 in Area



B.B. King marker returned in Leflore Co.

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King in Leflore County has been returned.



Miss. House seeks to end self-destruct switch

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A figurative self-destruct switch is turned on at many state agencies in Mississippi. No time bombs are ticking in the office buildings that overlook the Capitol. But laws that authorize many agencies specify a date that the law will be repealed and the agency will cease to exist.



Fans shun Sochi over bombs, bureaucracy, big bucks

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

When Sven Kramer wins Olympic gold, he likes to celebrate by communing with the Dutch fans who worship him. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, 3,000 packed a cavernous hall and went wild when Kramer appeared.


Horses' future uncertain if New York City carriage rides end

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around New York City's Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.


Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year.


Fla. detective: 9 bullet holes in loud music SUV

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV after an argument over loud music at a Florida convenience store that left a teen dead, an investigator testified Saturday at the trial of the man charged with opening fire.


North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.


Options being considered for multi-purpose arena

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Preliminary discussions on a potential multi-purpose arena for local agricultural groups are ongoing. A feasibility study in the works includes possible financial assistance from the state and where the facility would be located.

Federal judge denies Terry's appeal

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge denied former Lowndes County supervisor Jim Terry's appeal of his 2007 fraud in office conviction Thursday.

Murder, pornography cases headline circuit court

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The February session of the Lowndes County Circuit Court begins Monday with the trial of three Columbus men accused in the 2011 shooting death on College Street.

It's never too late: Columbus woman finally gets her GED

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mary Thomas got her GED late last year. When her name was called during the commencement ceremony at MUW, she set out across the stage with the help of a walker. She is 88 years old, after all.

University report: More riders utilizing SMART buses

Ridership of the Starkville-Mississippi State University Area Rapid Transit program is increasing as more residents become aware of the bus transit system, the university reported Friday.


Robbery suspect also faces felony escape charge

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The suspect of a bank robbery Thursday has received an additional charge of felony escape, Columbus Police Department spokesperson Latasha Key confirmed Friday.



Miss. gets $5.6 million to help struggling schools

Posted 2/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is getting $5.6 million in federal money to pay for efforts to improve poorly performing schools.



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