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Browning on Business: Longtime Columbus restaurant is closing

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Ranch House, an east Columbus restaurant whose breakfast and lunch buffet has developed a devoted following through the years, is closing. Joyce Alexander has run the business for eight years. She got emotional this week thinking about Sunday, when she will lock the door at 807 Alabama St. for the last time.

Fired CFO files claim against Columbus school district

Posted 12/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kenneth Hughes filed a tort claim alleging that he was wrongfully fired on May 12 by former superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell for "his having reported illegal activity which negatively affected school district finances for Columbus Municipal School District."

Columbus schools return $75K grant

Posted 12/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School board on Monday voted unanimously to return a $75,000 grant and officially end Project 2020. The money will return to the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Tax revenues up across Golden Triangle

Posted 12/19/2013 in Area

Sales tax revenues for the three Golden Triangle cities have something in common this month: They're higher than they were last December.

 

White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.

 

Aldermen approve lowest Carver Drive ditch bid

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen approved the lowest bid -- Hattiesburg-based Precision Construction's almost-$700,000 offer -- Tuesday, which clears the way for concreting efforts to begin along Carver Drive's drainage ditch.

3 candidates emerge for Starkville's CAO job

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three candidates emerged as finalists for Starkville's vacant chief administrative officer's position Tuesday.

 

Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.

 

 

Insurers allow more time to pay under health law

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.

 

 

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice -- including the federal agency that appointed the group.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 12-19-13

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

 

 

Woman charged with murder of burned infant

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

A Lumberton woman has been charged with murder after a burned infant was recovered.

 

 

Judge rules Smith unfit in murder-for-hire case

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Doctors will keep monitoring the mental condition of Dr. Arnold Smith, but he won't face trial for now.

 

 

Fewer deportations big issue for Asians, Hispanics

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.

 

 

Top Bryant aide leaving to manage Cochran campaign

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's chief of staff is leaving to become campaign manager for Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

 

 

Ex-EPA official sentenced to 32 months for theft

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work -- while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.

 

Business brief: Firefighters graduate

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Firefighters Darryl D. Brown, Taylor S. Mitchell, and Gregory Pack of the Columbus Fire Department graduated December 12, 2013 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession. It's also the most disappointing for stores.

 

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