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Trotter Center ready for her facelift

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Trotter Convention Center's long-awaited renovations will soon be underway, with $2 million in improvements planned for the aging facility.


Noon Tunes 'springs' into action with Thursday concert

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today marks the advent of spring, ushering in warmer temperatures and a growing Columbus tradition. Noon Tunes kicks off Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trotter Convention Center courtyard, with live music from light rock favorite Paul Brady.


Kitchens dismisses company's suit against city

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawsuit against the City of Columbus has been dismissed.


Additional TVA line will shore up city's electrical grid

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Electric Department General Manager Terry Kemp said Tuesday two power outages are needed this summer to proceed with installing a secondary high-voltage feeder line to the city.

Religious Liberty law may have unintended consequences

Posted 3/20/2013 in Area

Last week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation designed to ensure religious liberties in the state's schools. While widely lauded by many in conservative Christian camps, others believe the legislation's impact may result in some unintended consequences that go far beyond assuring that students can reference religion over the school intercom, at sporting events or at graduation ceremonies.

Local representative proposes Zacharias road designation

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Joey Hood, R-Ackerman, says he will seek legislation soon to rename a portion of a local roadway after former Mississippi State University President Dr. Donald Zacharias.


Homestead exemption deadline is April 1

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County residents wishing to file for homestead exemption must do so by April 1.



Gov. Bryant vetoes bill calling for school board study

Posted 3/20/2013 in State

No study needed, Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday. He'll just try again next year. Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2141, which called for a 13-member task force to study how Mississippi's local school boards are selected.


Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.


Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession -- but few are bragging.



Mississippi governor signs bill to allow home beer brewing

Posted 3/20/2013 in State

Beer enthusiasts in Mississippi will soon be able to legally brew their own beer, thanks to a bill Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law.



Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.



APNewsBreak: US to revise cigarette warning labels

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit.


Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria.


Nevada town mourns Marines who died in accidental explosion

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of at least seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training exercise.


Costs of US wars linger more than 100 years

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.


General: Budget cuts will hamper drug seizures

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Pentagon budget cuts will dramatically slash U.S. efforts to seize illegal drug shipments at sea, the top U.S. commander in South America told senators Tuesday, saying that the number of ships at his disposal for counter-drug operations will drop from about six to possibly zero.


Verdell moves into school board post

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board began its March meeting with the swearing in of a new school board member. Angela Verdell was greeted with a hug and a kiss on the cheek by Mayor Robert Smith as she officially joined the board, replacing former board president Tommy Prude, whose term ended March 2.

Fugitive felony suspect out on bond

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After six months on the run, a Columbus fugitive was arrested in Iowa and brought back to Columbus. Within 24 hours of his arrest, Orlando Guyton was back on the streets.


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