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Teachers get 'debit cards' for school supplies

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards.



Local conservatives like Ryan as VP pick

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

Mitt Romney's announcement of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his GOP vice-presidential running mate may have caught some political pundits off-guard. But Ryan's selection is being celebrated among conservatives.



Alabama ranks 4th on new obesity list

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

A new study ranked Alabama as the nation's fourth-fattest state, and health officials said Monday they have yet to see evidence that programs encouraging residents to slim down are doing much to combat poor diets and a lack of exercise at the heart of the problem.



Mississippi again ranks worst in obesity

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

State leaders are counseling patience as they strive to reduce the share of obese Mississippians. Rankings released Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst in the nation. Mississippi also topped the list in each of the previous six years.



Stolen goods recovered from pawn shop

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus pawn shop was an unwitting participant in a sale of stolen goods, according to Columbus Police Department Public Information Officer Glenda Buckhalter.


Caledonia pre-K program draws rave reviews

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday dawned dark and dreary, but Caledonia Elementary School's new pre-kindergarten class was awash in primary colors and big grins from the four-year-olds, who have no idea they're making history.


Columbus schools finish year with surplus

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Columbus Municipal School District is ending its fiscal year in the black.


Hotel Haven: Developer gets approval for third hotel

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to Columbus will soon have another option for overnight lodging as a national chain is once again coming to the Friendly City.

Starkville nutrition store owner helps clients find their 'want to'

Posted 8/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you had asked Chris Williams where he thought he would be at 23 years old, he probably would have told you he would be in law school or working in the political arena. Instead, the former football player turned entrepreneur has opened his own nutritional shop in Starkville.


An app for that: Starkville Electric will offer new way to pay bills

Posted 8/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Next month, the Starkville Electric Department hopes to unveil a more convenient way for customers to pay their bills.


Ryan's Medicare plan hard to pull off

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul.


Looming spending cuts hit more than defense

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more.


House sues Holder over 'Fast and Furious' records

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The Republican-run House on Monday asked a federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that he produce records on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Tea party gets its man in VP pick

Posted 8/13/2012 in National

The tea party didn't get its man in Mitt Romney. But the movement got one of its ideological heroes in the Republican presidential ticket's No. 2 slot.

Lake in limbo: Tougher rules governing leases mean uncertainty for future of Oktibbeha County Lake

Posted 8/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School Board has yet to receive a proposal even in the neighborhood of the appraised value of vacant 16th Section land that includes Okitbbeha County Lake, which has been closed to the public since April.


Analysis: Bryant seeks to limit role of government

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes no apologies about his belief in small government and his pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy.


Monday profile: Maloney throws himself into new position

Posted 8/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mere weeks into his new position, Ron Maloney, the new vice president for economic development for Clay County, is convinced he's the right man for the job and has found a good fit with Clay County and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link.


Inmates released early to save state money

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

Former crematorium owner Mark Seepe is out of prison after serving less than two years of a ten-year sentence for personal use of advance funeral payments.



Olympic gold medal back home in Miss.

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

About a thousand people welcomed Olympic long-jump champion Brittney Reese back to south Mississippi, and she gave them credit.



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