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New Starkville city regulations will save developers time, money

Posted 12/7/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Builders now have an option to save money during subdivision construction. The Board of Aldermen had its third public hearing Tuesday on amending its subdivision regulations to allow one-stage street development, a move three aldermen panned for different reasons.



Starkville has options, not funding, for South Montgomery congestion

Posted 12/7/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The future of South Montgomery Street could rest in federal and state transportation funds.



Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

HONOLULU -- Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later.



TV anchor seeks ruling in lawsuit by MLK estate

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A popular Mississippi television anchor wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that seeks documents and other material connected to the civil rights leader.



Hattiesburg repeals ban on fortune telling

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Hattiesburg city leaders have repealed a ban on fortune telling after a federal judge ruled the ordinance unenforceable. The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinance.



City to flush out brown water

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Reports of discolored water in Starkville's pipes are at their lowest level since February. Now, with a complete flushing staff, the city is ready to lessen the incidents even mo


Starkville explores alternatives to bond issue

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the ongoing municipal facilities plan today.


No sign of sign vandals

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Road Manager Victor Collins can't keep up. Over the past month, Collins and his road crew have replaced 36 traffic or street signs that have been torn down, vandalized or stolen.



Bryan: Club Rock out of control

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Club Rock could be shut down in as little as a week. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday voted unanimously to seek a temporary injunction to close the business following police and fire safety reports that have deemed the venue hazardous.



Barbour backs cyber tax

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants.



Columbus Christmas parade: Rain dampens half-century tradition

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many people in Columbus, the annual Christmas parade has become synonymous with frosty fingers, hot cocoa and family memories. This year, there will be a new memory: the second time in history the event has been canceled due to inclement weather.


Lowndes sheriff to step down two days early

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff C.B. "Butch" Howard asked the county Board of Supervisors to accept his resignation effective Dec. 31. The motion passed unanimously at Monday's regular meeting.


Lowndes supes seek solution, not repeal of Co-op Road abandonment

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors asked residents of Co-op Road on Monday for more time to explore options following the abandonment of part of the road. Property owners insisted that is one thing they don't have.



Lowndes County murder trial: Bartender testifies he thought he would die

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere inside the Elbow Room Lounge on the night of Feb. 15 was "just calm as it could be," a state's witness testified Monday. That atmosphere changed within hours when two men were shot and eventually died.



Clinton orders review of visa program

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry. In the latest debacle for the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa, a federal indictment unsealed last week accuses the mafia of using the cultural exchange program to bring Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs.



Elbow Room murder trial: Defense denied change of venue

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man accused of killing two men at a downtown Columbus bar began today in Lowndes County, despite a motion for change of venue.



Christmas Parade canceled due to rain

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's Christmas parade in downtown Columbus has been canceled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus Inc., made the announcement shortly before 3 p.m. today, saying the decision was made in an effort to "keep everyone safe and healthy this Christmas season."



Okolona pledges to get to the bottom of topless club

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.



Tougher rules hit fishermen, industry hard

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -- Travis Palladeno, a veteran charter fishing captain on Florida's Gulf Coast, flips through his appointment book and bemoans the blank pages. Restrictions on some of the most popular -- and tasty -- sport fish are so strict right now, fewer people want to go out.



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