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Starkville and Oktibbeha join regional coalition

Posted 11/1/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville and Oktibbeha County have officially entered a three-year interim agreement with the new Golden Triangle Regional Development Link, but not without some haggling and revisions to the contract.


Battered New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild beloved shore

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement parks. The devastation left the state a blank canvas to redevelop its prized vacation towns.


Sandusky moved to prison with death row inmates

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sent Wednesday to serve his child molestation prison sentence at an institution in Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates.


Business brief: Firefighters graduate

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Firefighters Jonathan C. Goodman and James L. Hays of the Starkville Fire Department recently graduated from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson, MS.


Business brief: Severstal recognized

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Severstal North America, a flat-rolled steel producer headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., has been recognized as the Gold Medal winner in the Reliability Achievement Award by the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).



Business brief: Southwire awarded Star status

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Southwire Company's Starkville Manufacturing Plant and Power Cable Customer Service Center have been awarded Star status by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).



Marriages and divorces 11-1-12

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business



Building permits 11-1-12

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business


Romney faces criticism on aid in storm's aftermath

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government.

Decorating homes is a long-running tradition for some

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some local families, decorating their homes for Halloween is an annual tradition. Attorney Katherine Kerby and her daughter, Kat, try to outdo themselves every year, transforming their front yard into a ghostly cemetery covered in spooky spiderwebs, with skeletons hanging from the trees, waiting to frighten and intrigue the flock of trick-or-treaters that will haunt the family's front door tonight, begging for candy goodies.

Unemployment rates continue decline

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

September unemployment rates showed a gradual decline for counties in and around the Golden Triangle compared to last year's statistics. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, 22 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates below the state's nine percent average.

New megasite inspires hope in struggling West Point

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

Vehicles crept along Sixth Street Tuesday night, edging onto the grassy shoulders, pausing in front of the Clay County Civic Center's packed driveways before resuming the search for a parking space.

Amory man arrested after 24 sex calls to E-911

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

A Monroe County man has been arrested and charged with 24 counts of abusive phone calls to an emergency service.


Confusion over accreditation loss stirs emotions in Oktibbeha County

Posted 10/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Call it a technicality. When the Oktibbeha County School District was taken over by the state earlier in the month, the district's accreditation was automatically withdrawn, but a meeting last week to finalize the procedure ended up causing more confusion than clarity.



Burtman sentenced to 13 months

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus doctor who was facing a maximum of 35 years in federal prison was sentenced to serve just 13 months on Tuesday.


A darkened NYC begins to stir to life

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

Two days after superstorm Sandy brought New York to a standstill, residents itching to get back to work and their old lives noticed small signs that the city might be getting back to -- well, not quite normal.


Romney, Obama, talk of Sandy before election

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney edged back into active campaigning on Tuesday while President Barack Obama stayed close to the White House, rival candidates calibrating their responses to superstorm Sandy and the misery it inflicted on millions.



Nasty campaign tactics: Phony voting instructions

Posted 10/31/2012 in National


Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films, buys Lucasfilm

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

A decade after George Lucas said "Star Wars" was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters as The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

Nunnelee enjoys huge edge in campaign donations

Posted 10/30/2012 in State

As election season comes to a close, politicians are still hoping for last minute donations that will give their campaigns a final push to the finish.


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