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Obama signals action following school shooting

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.

Brooks to protest funding process at CVB meeting

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding has been a contentious issue between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board members for most of 2012. Today's meeting, the last one of the year, looks to be more of the same.

CMSD launches city-wide electronics recycling

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is thinking green these days, launching a new recycling initiative it hopes will bring in a little extra cash while helping the environment.

Monday profile: After more than three decades, Nails say goodbye to bridal business

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When women get engaged, chances are they already have the perfect wedding planned out in their minds. While little boys are playing animated games of cops and robbers, countless little girls spend their Saturday afternoons playing bride. When those little girls grow into women, they turn to a local bridal boutique for the perfect Southern wedding.


EMCC's growth leads to expansion of graduation ceremonies

Posted 12/17/2012 in Area

A new graduation ceremony at East Mississippi Community College allowed a handful of students the chance to "double-dip" this week.


Five Starkville students selected to contribute to Rural Voices radio program

Posted 12/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Debbie Vanderford's fifth grade classes at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary are pretty diverse. From race to socioeconomic status to gender, the diversity in the two classes makes for some unique stories. So when it comes time to submit her classes' personal narratives to the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute for the Rural Voices Radio program, Vanderford's biggest problem is simply getting the students to write something, anything, down.


Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.



Criminal probe adds to cancer agency woes

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Texas put up $3 billion in taxpayer money and promised cancer breakthroughs. But a criminal investigation, widespread rebuke from scientists and the resignations of embattled state officials came faster than medical discoveries.


MSU says employee did not embezzle from college

Posted 12/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An internal review this week revealed that a Mississippi State employee did not take funds from the university, though she has been charged with embezzling from another organization.

Health department demolition underway

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A North Columbus eyesore is being demolished after remaining vacant more than two years. The old Lowndes County Health Department building on Military Road is being torn down by an independent contractor.

Supervisors work to eliminate soccer park congestion

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eliminating problems with traffic and parking at the Columbus Soccer Complex has been a main objective for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors since the park opened in September. Friday, the board took a major step forward in approving a new project that will extend Coretta Street on the back end of the complex.


Parents struggle to help kids grasp Conn. tragedy

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children.



Potential vo-tech sites and funding identified

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county school board continues to explore the possibility of building a vocational-technical school for the Lowndes County School District.



Gas prices soon to hit low point for 2012

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year.



Military families worried by fiscal cliff

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.



Secretary of State Clinton faints, sustains concussion

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.


Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.


No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut.



Crop insurance juicy target in 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal cliff" deal so they're shopping around for a late compromise on a farm bill to protect them.



Miss. farmers see record soybean and corn yields

Posted 12/15/2012 in State

Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before. U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.



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