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Delinquent tax deadline today

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County property owners who haven't paid their 2011 ad valorem taxes have until 5 p.m. today to do so before the tax liens are sold Monday at the Trotter Convention Center. As of this morning, around 2,000 properties remained on the delinquent tax roll, totaling around $1.8 million in back taxes.


Proposed garbage rate hike comparable to area cities

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is looking to increase garbage rates by $2 beginning Oct. 1. The increase would raise the rate from $15 to $17 and it would be the third increase in the service in three years -- two by the council and one by the city's garbage contractor, Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. But at $17, are Columbus residents still getting a bargain?



Bryant: No benefits for deferred-status immigrants

Posted 8/24/2012 in State



Shelton found guilty on sex charge

Posted 8/23/2012 in Area

Benny Shelton was found guilty on one charge of sexual assault of a minor.


Houses for Africa: Colom's vision on display in prototype

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It quickly became apparent why Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chose to ride with Wil Colom rather than go to New Hope alone Wednesday. Even with the address in hand and a rough idea of what he would find on Lauren Road, Wicker still might have driven past his destination, assuming the tidy houses on the pine-strewn lot were an ordinary subdivision.


City denies C Spire cell tower variance

Posted 8/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Aug. 27 special report issue of Time magazine, simply dubbed The Wireless Issue, includes a piece exploring the "10 Ways Your Phone is Changing The World." Just an assumption, but it probably offered little new information for Dave Miller. As media relations director for C Spire Wireless, Miller and his company have been on the front lines of wireless innovations. He could likely roll off example after example of how smart phones have already changed the world.


Alleged victim testifies in Shelton trial

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The key witness for the state's sexual assault case against local businessman Benny Shelton took the stand yesterday to testify against his alleged abuser.

City budget includes rise in garbage rates

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will move forward with a public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a budget that will ask for more out-of-pocket money from the city's residents.

Heritage Academy's GATE program taps into each student's potential

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For decades, schools have offered gifted programs, with test scores dictating academic placement. At Heritage Elementary, Pathfinders served that purpose. But this year, the school has launched a new program and a new way of thinking, busting the gates of gifted education wide open to all first through sixth-graders -- no test required.


Building permits 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Rise in home sales reflects steady improvement

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years. Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing, though they remain far below levels seen in a healthy economy.



Judge delays decision on Monsanto seed dispute damages

Posted 8/23/2012 in State

A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.



When convenient, politicians cite media

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

In a new 30-second TV ad, Mitt Romney attacks President Barack Obama and his aides for their campaign claims. Or, more precisely, the ad lets others do the attacking: "Scraping bottom," reads a quote attributed to the Chicago Tribune. "Disgusting," says another that identifies ABC News as the source. "Unfair attacks," says a third, crediting CBS News.



Reality shows creating more gator hunting violations

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Louisiana wildlife officials say alligator hunting violations are rising, and one reason appears to be the popularity of outdoor reality television shows.



Research links childhood obesity to antibiotics

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible.



Government gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing -- and still the germ persisted.



City disputes CVB's resolution on hotel tax usage

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A resolution passed by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is being criticized by some Columbus city officials. The CVB Board on Monday voted to ask the city to stop placing the funds from a two-percent hotel tax into the city's general fund and to start using the money to "promote tourism by expanding the Trotter Convention Center."



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