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A mother's touch: Baptist program encourages 'skin to skin' contact

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first few moments of a baby's life are the most precious. With that in mind, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is implementing skin to skin, a program that focuses on immediate contact between the baby and mother immediately after birth.

City prepares two grant applications

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is applying for two grants that would provide funding for improved crime lab equipment and police patrol speeding enforcement, as well as upgrades to Columbus-Lowndes County Airport.

Barnetts hope to preserve lake's beauty with investment

Like many county residents, John Barnett spent many of his younger days at the Oktibbeha County Lake. He grew up down the road from the body of water and learned to ski at the lake. Over time, Barnett said, the elements began overtaking the lake, transforming the once-beautiful landmark.


Meeting needed to identify potential county land uses

Supervisors will hold a special meeting July 22 to begin identifying and classifying areas for future land-use designations, a key step in developing a comprehensive plan for Oktibbeha County.



Dr. Arnold Smith at state mental facility

Posted 7/6/2013 in State


Lawyer wants delay in child porn sentencing

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawyer is seeking a delay in the July 15 sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in Columbus.


NTSB to investigate San Francisco crash

Posted 7/6/2013 in National


On tour, Giffords' actions speak on gun control

Posted 7/6/2013 in National

Thirty months after she was shot through the head, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sits in a New Hampshire restaurant facing parents of children killed in the nation's latest school shooting.


37,000 police to secure Sochi Games

Posted 7/6/2013 in National



Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

Posted 7/6/2013 in National



Furloughs begin for Defense Department civilians

Posted 7/6/2013 in National

More than 650,000 civilian Defense Department workers will begin taking the first of their 11 unpaid days off next week, but the cut in salary they will see in the three months may pale compared to what officials worry could be larger scale layoffs next year.



Snowden's fate unclear despite asylum offers

Posted 7/6/2013 in National



Relatives clash over 911 call in Fla. shooting

Posted 7/6/2013 in National

Trayvon Martin's mother and George Zimmerman's mother clashed on the witness stand Friday over whether the screams for help that can be heard in the background on a 911 call came from the teenager or the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him.


Mayor defends project manager hire

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said contract fees will be discussed next week with the management team of J5 Broaddus, hired by the city council Tuesday for the newly-created position of project manager.


What now? Q&A about latest snag in health care law

Posted 7/5/2013 in National

Nothing's ever easy with President Barack Obama's health care law. The latest hitch gives employers an additional year before they must offer medical coverage to their workers or pay a fine.


Two thirds through year, city budget down slightly

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two thirds of the way through its financial year, the city of Columbus reports nearly $30,000 less in cash balances from its general fund than through this point last year but slightly more than $200,000 in balances from its reserve fund, a total decrease in the balance of $172,010.65.

Columbus Arts Council art camps open Monday

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Arts Council is kicking off its series of July art camps next week. On Monday, a variety of classes will be offered at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, ranging from ceramics to dance to drawing. The camp is open to children ages 5-10.


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