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Will dispute prevents burial of Sherman Hemsley

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television's George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will.



AP-GfK poll: Raise taxes to save Social Security

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Most Americans say go ahead and raise taxes if it will save Social Security benefits for future generations. And raise the retirement age, if you have to.



Business brief: Johnson certified

Posted 8/30/2012 in Business

Brenda Johnson, human resources director for North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point, recently became certified in "Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ."


Business brief: Baker appointed

Posted 8/30/2012 in Business

Johnny Baker of Columbus has been appointed to the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors. He will serve a three year term expiring December 2014.


Marriages and divorces 8-30-12

Posted 8/30/2012 in Business



Building permits 8-30-12

Posted 8/30/2012 in Business


Burden on prosecutors to prove sanity

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

If James Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, prosecutors wanting to prove that he methodically carried out a deadly Colorado movie theater shooting have a difficult task before them: They must prove he is sane.

Prehistoric bugs found trapped in amber

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Scientists have found three well preserved ancient insects frozen in amber -- and time -- in what is Earth's oldest bug trap.


Isaac brings heavy rain, strong winds to Miss.

Posted 8/30/2012 in State

A tow truck driver was killed Thursday morning in Pearl River County when a tree fell on his truck, the first death in Mississippi from Isaac.



Obama declares disaster areas in Miss., Louisiana

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi hit hard by Isaac, moving to speed federal aid and recovery efforts to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast.



Favre attorneys take aim at racy claims

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Brett Favre shouldn't have to respond to some embarrassing claims about his personal life that two massage therapists are making in a lawsuit, his lawyers say.


What to watch for at the GOP convention today

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Here are some things to watch for at the Republican National Convention today: 1. MITT'S BIG NIGHT: Mitt Romney makes his case to the nation about why he should be elected president -- and why he thinks President Barack Obama should be sent packing. The speech could set the tone of Romney's campaign for the final two months.

Ryan's role: Defending Romney and slamming Obama

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

With a no-nonsense tone, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan embraced his role as Barack Obama's top agitator -- and Mitt Romney's chief defender


Two arrested for Caledonia bomb threat

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of juveniles have been arrested for bomb threat at Caledonia High School.



Isaac evacuees: More trickle than stream

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Hurricane Isaac made its slow churn through the Gulf of Mexico, some coastal residents took no chances, boarding up their homes and heading north to ride out the storm.



Mississippi State's Fitzpatrick tracks Isaac at close range

Posted 8/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Tuesday morning around 10, as Isaac inched closer to the Gulf Coast and people across the region collectively held their breath, Pat Fitzpatrick was at his home in Slidell, a place that knows the effects of storm surge all too well.


For Sullivan, Eselin, Katrina led to a new life in Columbus

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has become the benchmark by which all storms are measured. It has become the stark demarcation between life before and after, with Hurricane Katrina sitting squarely in the middle of coastal residents' collective memory -- as vivid today as the muddy water lines and red spray-paint which can still be seen on homes uninhabitable, abandoned.


City ordinance draws ire of some business owners

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fire Marshal Todd Weathers presented a proposal to members of the city council earlier this year requiring that all nightclub owners who have entertainment systems inside their establishments install a shunt, or a device that automatically shuts off the music when a fire alarm goes off.



City passes on grant to replace dilapidated homes

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With city departments adjusting to budget cuts recommended by the Columbus City Council, Travis Jones, director of federal programs, said the tight Fiscal Year 2013 budget means a change in some of the grants his office will pursue.



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