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Salvation Army confident lagging kettle donations will improve

Posted 12/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local chapter of the Salvation Army received an abundance of gifts for children for the holidays but is still in dire need of financial donations. Major Eric Roberts, executive director of the local chapter, said the organization received more toy donations this year than they did last year, but they are behind in red kettle donations.


2 killed in state as storm system passes

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

A severe storm system swept across Mississippi on Saturday, dumping more than an inch of rain and blowing down trees and power lines. Two deaths were blamed on the weather.


County school group wants name inclusion, equal opportunities

Posted 12/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A list of concerns aired Thursday by county school constituents, including adding "Oktibbeha County" to the name of the upcoming consolidated school system and addressing how to provide equal opportunities to all students, are expected to be addressed today by the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure.


Military pension cuts now unsure; changes likely

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

The Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the nation's powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.


Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.


Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said.


Loyalty prevails in 'Duck Dynasty' hometown

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

"Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.


Recycling doesn't need to be difficult, expensive

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective.


To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

MSU police chief resigns after DUI arrest

Posted 12/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University announced its police chief, Georgia Lindley, resigned from her post effective Dec. 31 after she was charged with driving under the influence Thursday.


The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown 12-22-13

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Man arrested in Friday homicide

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Crawford man has been charged with murder for his role in the Friday morning shooting death of a Columbus man.

It's property tax time again

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Dec. 1 -- like they do every year -- statements went out to property owners in Lowndes County informing them what they owe in taxes.

EMCC packed for Yokohama employment session

Posted 12/21/2013 in Area

Yolanda Gillespie of Columbus has worked at a chicken processing plant in Noxubee County for 18 years. She hopes one day to get a higher paying job with better benefits. Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi could be that avenue for her.

Widow gets remains of soldier lost in Korean War

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

rmy Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return.


Trying to spread cheer, Santa in N.H. scares instead

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.



Brain dead California girl to be kept on life support

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy should be kept on life support for the time being, a judge has ruled.



Three military aircraft hit in Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said.



Miss. drug dealer wants sentence tossed

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

A Mississippi man described by authorities as a major drug dealer and former record label owner has asked a federal court to throw out his 90-year prison sentence on money laundering charges.



Blue Cross and HMA settle payment dispute

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

Mississippi's largest health insurer and its second-largest hospital operator have settled their dispute.



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