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Golden Triangle cities earn Main Street honors

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each of the Golden Triangle's three cities are among 47 in Mississippi to have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs in 2013 for meeting revitalization performance standards as dictated by the National Main Street Center.


Gay rights advocates applaud Boy Scouts decision

Posted 5/29/2013 in Area

Last week the Boy Scouts of America reached a landmark decision when it changed its policies to allow openly gay boys into the organization. The new policy, which goes into effect in January, has been met with both applause and controversy.


Rhode Island company wins bus contract

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rhode Island-based Ecco Ride was awarded the transportation contract for the Columbus Municipal School District Tuesday night. In a special meeting, the board voted 3-1 to award the four-year bus contract to Ecco Ride. Ecco Ride's bid was more than $1 million less than the bid made by Columbus-based Waters Truck and Tractor.

Local Democrats set hearing date for Ward 4 challenge

Posted 5/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local Democrats will hear Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's election appeal at 8:15 a.m. Friday at City Hall. Chris Taylor, a member of the Starkville Democratic Municipal Election Committee and an executive member of the party's local chapter, confirmed the meeting's logistics Tuesday at a monthly party meeting.

Sumrall to serve five years for child exploitation

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man will serve five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a child.


Groups work to bring Internet to rural areas

Posted 5/29/2013 in State

Internet connectivity is spreading through rural Mississippi but there is still work to be done. Internet access needs can vary widely and adoption of this connectivity still remains a hurdle, say groups working on these challenges.


City sets interview date for prosecutor applicants

Posted 5/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen will hold a special meeting 5 p.m. Monday at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership to interview city prosecutor candidates.


OCH earns national accreditation

Posted 5/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The OCH Regional Medical Center Arterial Blood Gas Lab in respiratory therapy has received 100-percent approval rating from COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization.


Mom's obesity surgery may help break cycle in kids

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way -- by affecting how their children's genes behave.


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake hospital

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.



GOP dilemma: Draw new voters without irking base

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that's easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base?



Tax overhaul: IRS scandal could lead to changes

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups has little if anything to do with most everyday taxpayers, but some lawmakers are hoping attention to the budding scandal will swell public and political support for rewriting and simplifying a federal tax code that has undergone some 5,000 changes in the past dozen years.



Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. A gunshot then went off inside, fatally striking a 7-year-old girl in the head while she slept on a couch.



Rep. Bachmann says she won't run for re-election

Posted 5/29/2013 in National



Germany's top tabloid to introduce paywall

Posted 5/29/2013 in National

Europe's top-selling newspaper said Monday it will introduce a paywall for part of its online offerings starting next month.



McCain makes surprise trip to visit Syrian rebels

Posted 5/28/2013 in National


As heat rises, so does demand for watermelons

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the temperature cranks up with the arrival of summer, people search for a cool refreshing treat to be the centerpiece of their back yard barbecues and family get-togethers. For many, they look no further than the watermelon.


Community coordinator's exit won't interrupt programs

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials say community service programs will continue as normal this summer despite the retirement of coordinator and 29-year employee Sylvester Harris.



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