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Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools -- their health may also benefit, a study suggests.

 

 

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday as Israeli air strikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 585 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

 

 

County to address LINK, Communiversity requests today

Posted 7/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are expected to sign a new agreement for economic development services with the Golden Triangle Development LINK Monday, thereby continuing a two-year relationship with the organization and opening the door for potential city and county bond issuances for a new industrial park and funding pledges for a tri-county workforce development center.

 

Monday profile: Area attorney has unique insight on immigration

Posted 7/21/2014 in Area

A visitor's eyes turn to a green box of tissues that sits on the long, polished wood table surrounded by black, plush leather chairs in Carol Armstrong's office. "There's a reason those are here," Armstrong said. Armstrong is an immigration lawyer, and often the stories she hears bring her and her clients to tears.

 

Permits granted for New Hope sewer expansion

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have approved utility permits for Columbus Light and Water on several county roads that will allow the utility company to install a pressure sewer main connecting the New Hope School District to the city's sewer system.

 

 

Neshoba Fair could shape Senate race

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

Mississippi's 2014 U.S. Senate race has been dominated by a bitter Republican primary that never seems to end. One of the state's largest political gatherings, the Neshoba County Fair, could help shift the focus to a Democrat-versus-Republican narrative heading toward the Nov. 4 general election.

 

Severstal plant sold to Indiana company

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus will be formally sold by the end of the year. Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler, announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase the Lowndes County steel plant from Severstal.

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

Graceland Too tours, MacLeod memorial to be Aug. 12

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

The Holly Springs mansion that became a popular Elvis Presley museum will reopen to the public during Elvis Presley week with a memorial for owner Paul MacLeod. MacLeod was found dead Thursday on his front porch. He was 71.

 

Man accused of posing as fed to rob immigrants

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

Amite County Sheriff Tim Wroten says a 37-year-old McComb man is accused of posing as a Border Patrol agent to rob three immigrants.

 

 

Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

 

 

U.S. outlines case against Russia on downed plane

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

 

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.

Tax numbers in West Point signal bright future

Posted 7/19/2014 in Area

Sales tax revenue is up in this Clay County town. A lot. Altogether, the city received $128,098 more in sales tax revenue from the Mississippi Department of Revenue for the last fiscal year than it did for the previous.

Columbus sales tax collections up nearly $100K

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales tax revenue in Columbus from May saw a gain of more than $91,000 over May 2013 thanks to out-of-town traffic generated by events held in the city, including the President's Cup soccer tournament and Market Street Festival.

Lowndes voters to decide school bond issue

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters outside Columbus city limits will head to the polls next month to vote "Yes" or "No" on a $47 million school bond issue. The proposed bond is part of a Lowndes County School District master plan that overhauls campuses in Caledonia, New Hope and West Lowndes.

Millage decrease unlikely with infusion of school money

Posted 7/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville school board members are expected to approve a transfer of almost $500,000 in excess 1986 bond monies to the city during a special board meeting Tuesday, which in turn will position the city government to legally transfer the money back for Greensboro Center renovations.

 

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