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Marine base shooting victim was goofy, churchgoing

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

A Marine who was shot to death at a Virginia base was described as a warm-hearted country boy from the South who grew up in the Pentecostal church and even preached a few times.



Rove sees potential support for gay marriage

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.



New Columbus City Council Wards map

Posted 3/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

High-resolution pdf file of the new council wards for the city of Columbus.


Furloughs looming for CAFB

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As furloughs loom for 800,000 of the nation's government contract workers, one Columbus man is bracing himself for the financial hit. Carmine Muscarella, a life coach at Columbus Air Force Base, said he expects the furlough notices to begin this week. For Muscarella and the other 472 contract workers employed through CAFB, that means a 20 percent reduction per pay period due to sequestration.


FAA releases final list of air tower closures

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a final list of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month.


Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.

Backlash prompts Heritage Academy to keep its old name

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy has rescinded its decision to change its name. The school announced earlier this week that it intended to rename Heritage Academy to Columbus Heritage Academy.

Alleged postal shooter in custody

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Michigan teenager is in custody after allegedly shooting a local United States Postal worker in the course of a robbery.

Holloway: Better to negotiate merger bill now than later

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway told public stakeholders Thursday it is better to negotiate a school merger bill now than have a future measure without local input, according to unofficial strategic planning session minutes released by the district.

Spears resigns from Link'd Young Professionals

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Spears, vice-president of the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees, announced Friday that he is resigning as board president of Link'd Young Professionals. He sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, informing them of his decision.


Consolidation conference committee remains in limbo

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators and local public education stakeholders are in a hurry-up-and-wait situation after House and Senate leaders failed to establish a conference committee for an Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill.



Cash registers on the way out

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople -- and even shoppers themselves -- ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers.



Senate Democrats work to pass budget

Posted 3/23/2013 in National


Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in U.S.

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.


NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno.


Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.


Hitler joins gun debate, but history is in dispute

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

When the president of Ohio's state school board posted her opposition to gun control, she used a powerful symbol to make her point: a picture of Adolf Hitler. When a well-known conservative commentator decried efforts to restrict guns, he argued that if only Jews in Poland had been better armed, many more would have survived the Holocaust.


BREAKING: [UPDATE] Suspected shooter of postal worker captured

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man suspected of shooting a United States Postal worker has been caught. Authur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was taken into custody just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon by deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. He will be formally charged Monday with aggravated assault and armed robbery. 

Postal worker shot: Suspect still at large after robbery in New Hope housing development

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United States Postal Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a rural mail carrier Thursday afternoon.


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