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Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in State

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Oktibbeha County upgrades to fully interactive website

Posted 7/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County website will soon be upgraded to a fully interactive, virtual courthouse. Through a strategic plan partnership between the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District and Mississippi State University-based National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Oktibbeha County residents will be able to access everything from land records, tax information and voting instructions electronically.



Columbus school district announces $600,000 in cuts

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued to tweak its budget this week, holding a press conference at the Brandon central office, to present a cost-savings report, Tuesday afternoon.


Stamped for review: Downtown Columbus post office in danger of closing

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloomy night -- instead, technology is turning out to be the U.S. Postal Service's Achilles' heel. After losing $8.5 billion last year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 3,653 locations nationwide, including the historic downtown Columbus office, the USPS reported Tuesday.


Governor Candidate Profile: Johnny Dupree

Posted 7/26/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Democrat Johnny DuPree points to his record as Hattiesburg mayor to show what he'd like to do if he's elected governor of Mississippi.



16th Circuit Drug Court ready to accept referrals

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 16th Circuit District Drug Court started accepting referrals of non-violent first-time offenders this past week at the start of the Clay County Circuit Court term.



Two four-wheelers taken from Village Cycle Center

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects involved in the theft of two four-wheelers from Village Cycle Center.



Columbus on the schedule for Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Poverty Tour

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one of the 15 cities broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West will visit this fall during their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience."



Love murder trial continued in Oktibbeha

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first of three murder trials scheduled for the July term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court won't take place.



Early campaigns set the pace for United Way fundraising season

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday morning, organizers from the United Way of Lowndes County took time to thank pacesetters with breakfast at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Outpatient Pavilion.



Copper burglars steal about $100,000 worth from Columbus company

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Copper burglars struck again over the weekend at Columbus-based Air Control Engineering Inc., marking the fourth break-in in two months and bringing losses up to nearly $100,000 for the mechanical contractor.



Alcorn school district unveils solar power system

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

CORINTH -- New solar collection panels will be used to teach students and bring in money for Alcorn County Schools, officials say.



Police: Repo man dragged car owner down driveway

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

CHULAHOMA -- A tow truck driver from Horn Lake was held on $200,000 bond Sunday after allegedly dragging a man 85 feet down a gravel driveway while repossessing a car in Marshall County.



Miss. eminent domain initiative in court

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear high-stakes arguments Monday over a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent governments from taking property for anything but a public project.



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