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DFA asks for funds for 2 state planes

Posted 10/24/2011 in State

The state Department of Finance and Administration has asked legislative budget writers for $250,000 in the next fiscal year to maintain two jets used by state officials.

Salvation Army kicks off holiday season Monday

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maj. Linda White will never forget the Christmas she spent serving the Salvation Army in San Angelo, Texas, nearly a decade ago. A needy family was scheduled to pick up a box containing food and Christmas gifts, but no one ever showed up.

Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience in an Afghan war zone

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Best-selling author Sebastian Junger has an explanation why young males return from war and conflict and have a desire to go back.

The search for a chief: Curtis Brame

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Curtis Brame, Nathaniel Clark, Sam Lathrop, Selvain McQueen and Robert Spinks. Those are the five names circulating throughout the city of Columbus, the five recommendations in the heavily-discussed Columbus police chief search.

Families of steel: Open house allows employees' family members an inside look at Severstal

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hours are long, the work is hard and the days are exhausting. But the pay is good, and there's a point of pride in holding one of the most coveted manufacturing jobs in Lowndes County -- wearing the inscribed, dark blue hard hat of Severstal Columbus.

Fifth annual Sweet Potato Drop benefits local food pantries, residents

Posted 10/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- As the sun breaks over the horizon and the crisp fall breeze swirls fallen leaves along the road Friday, an 18-wheeler leaves Vardaman, "the sweet potato capital of the world."


Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal

Posted 10/21/2011 in Area

WASHINGTON -- America's long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq will be over by year's end and all U.S. troops ""will definitely be home for the holidays," President Barack Obama declared Friday.



Oktibbeha County Arrest Report 10-21-11

Posted 10/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The following people were arrested on felony charges in Oktibbeha County from Oct. 10-Oct. 16:



Prosecuting attorney candidates outline juvenile needs

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Both have pertinent experience, but Lowndes County residents will have to decide whose experience matters more.



Two more arrested for YouTube video

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested and charged two more individuals they believe took part in a burglary that was posted to YouTube.



Schweddy Balls? Not in Columbus

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream is too hot to handle for some supermarket chains. While the new limited-edition flavor has brought chuckles from fans of the "Saturday Night Live" skit on which it's based, some supermarket chains aren't laughing and have been giving it a cold shoulder.



New transit system to link residents, business and MSU

Posted 10/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Organizers trying to revive a transit system between Mississippi State University and the city of Starkville have championed community involvement as the crux of the project.


Coach Miller returns home to beat Noxubee

Posted 10/21/2011 in Area

MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.

Community banks and credit unions flourish as customers react to fees

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As large banks scramble to recoup fees lost by pecuniary regulatory changes enacted earlier in the month, some smaller financial institutions are reaping the benefits, seeing an increase in both new accounts and consumer goodwill.


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