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State falls short of goal in teacher hiring

Posted 7/19/2013 in State

State education officials will hire 24 reading coaches and coordinators for the coming school year, falling far short of their goal of 75. The coaches are the key personnel in the state's effort to meet legislative mandates that all third-graders read at a basic level by 2015 or be flunked.


Once-mighty Motor City files for bankruptcy

Posted 7/19/2013 in National

Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.



Highway 182 improvement project given green light

Posted 7/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville commuters should see increased activity and potential delays on Miss. Highway 182 in the coming weeks as workers begin a significant improvement project to the important thoroughfare.


Perkins inducted into Municipal League Hall of Fame

Posted 7/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's senior board member, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins, was inducted into the Mississippi Municipal League Hall of Fame last week and honored for his 20 years of civic duty.

Columbus firefighter charged with cyberstalking

Posted 7/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Billy Ray Clark, 45, of 1057 West Bank Access Road, was arrested by investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning and charged with cyberstalking.


Starkville receives 2013 Healthy Hometown accolade

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County


County's bridges better than most, just 5 of 119 bridges fall into 'red flag' category

Posted 7/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Data from the Mississippi Office of State Aid Road Construction (OSARC) shows Lowndes County fares well among the state's 82 counties when it comes to the condition of its bridges.

MSU again surpasses $80M mark in donations

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University reported its third-straight year receiving more than $80 million in donations Wednesday.

Senators ready to restore lower college rates

Posted 7/18/2013 in National

Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.

Hospital fund trustees hire consultant to review proposals

Posted 7/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twelve financial firms have submitted proposals to manage funds from Lowndes County's hospital sale, and county trustees of those funds have agreed to hire a consultant to whittle the applicants to a group of finalists. Those interviews could begin late next week, funds trustee president Harry Sanders said.

Chism: Legislators will address consolidation in both '14 and '15 sessions

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, said lawmakers are expected to use legislative sessions in both 2014 and 2015 to address Oktibbeha County school consolidation issues.

Hood: Appeal to support gun law coming next week

Posted 7/18/2013 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday that law-enforcement officers are confused about whether Mississippi has an open-carry gun law. Then, during a news conference intended to clarify the situation, Hood gave an explanation that even he conceded was "probably, you know, as clear as mud."


Child care finger scanners coming

Posted 7/18/2013 in State


Business brief: Ivy honored

Posted 7/18/2013 in Business

North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point recently selected Tamara Ivy, RN, of Same Day Surgery/Outpatient Services, as the Employee of the Quarter.


Building permits 7-18-13

Posted 7/18/2013 in Business



Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

Posted 7/18/2013 in National



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