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Mayor votes himself a $10K raise

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has given himself a $10,000 pay raise. During a budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year, Smith broke a 3-3 city council tie and gave himself the raise.


Miss. GOP won't hear challenge to Cochran

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

Mississippi's Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The party said McDaniel would do better taking his challenge to court.



Webinar series offered to small business owners

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

Business owners eager to capitalize on the power of technology can attend a free series of webinars scheduled for this fall.


Aldermen override Perkins on Cadence acquisition

An effort led by Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins to execute a purchase contract for Cadence Bank's Main Street branch was delayed by his fellow board members Tuesday after other aldermen said proper due diligence studies, including cost projections for renovations and a proper site inspection, were needed before the city formally acquires the property.


Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

Posted 8/7/2014 in National

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.



Man sentenced to 25 years for child exploitation

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on a charge of sexual exploitation of children.



Prepaid tuition plan to reopen with higher prices

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

The Mississippi board that oversees the plan that allows people to lock in pricing for future college tuition voted Wednesday to reopen the program, but charge sharply higher prices.



TVA to cut more than 2,000 jobs

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.



Man pleads guilty in Sen. Thad Cochran photo case

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

One of the men charged in a conspiracy to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's ailing wife pleaded guilty Wednesday, drawing no jail time in a plea agreement in which he pledged to cooperate with prosecutors.



Business brief: Boatright Hired

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Business brief: Phillips-Gaines Honored

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Building permits 8-7-14

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-7-14

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business



Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

Posted 8/7/2014 in Business

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs.



Miss. Power, Sierra settle litigation over construction

Posted 8/7/2014 in State

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.


Starkville signs on to LINK project

After two days of lobbying, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins secured a combined $10 million commitment from Starkville and Oktibbeha County that will develop a new industrial park and could add more than 1,000 jobs in the next decade.

Program teaches families how to snack healthy

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With school getting ready to begin, a local program is providing parents education on healthy snacks for their children.

All Columbus students to receive free meals

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All of the estimated 4,600 children in the Columbus Municipal School District will now receive a free breakfast and lunch each school day.

Five named to Columbus Redevelopment Authority

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The five people tasked with leading a major restoration project aimed at improving blighted areas of Columbus have been selected.


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