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Fire chief's retirement is official

Posted 3/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Kenneth Moore will retire at the end of the month. Mayor Robert Smith announced Moore's retirement at a press conference Monday afternoon.

KiOR has 'substantial doubts' about future

Posted 3/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR may be done in Columbus. On Monday, the company filed its end-of-the-year financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 257-page report paints a bleak picture of the company's future.

Verdell takes over as CMSD board president

Posted 3/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Angela Verdell has been named the new president of the Columbus Municipal School Board. The unanimous vote occurred at the board's Monday night meeting, which also featured the swearing in of new board member Greg Lewis. Lewis was appointed to the position last month by the city council. He replaced Aubra Turner on the board.


Supes balk at CAO hire

Posted 3/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors tabled a request by board vice president John Montgomery to discuss the ongoing administrator search behind closed doors after an almost-two hour public input session on comprehensive planning.


Former MSMS student dies from South By Southwest crash

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

A third person struck by a suspected drunken driver in Austin last week during the South By Southwest festival died Monday, police and family said.


Commissioner: Contraband never-ending battle

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

Mississippi corrections officials have added netting, body scanners and monthly prison searches to a growing list of steps to keep illegal cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband out of prisoners' hands.



Criminal justice bill almost ready to go to gov

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

A bill that supporters say could make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and cut prison costs by hundreds of millions of dollars is one step from going to Gov. Phil Bryant.


Myanmar opium fight failing; soldiers, police shooting up

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Every morning, more than 100 heroin and opium addicts descend on the graveyard in this northeastern Myanmar village to get high. When authorities show up, it's for their own quick fix: Soldiers and police roll up the sleeves of their dark green uniforms, seemingly oblivious to passers-by.


Founder of Westboro church in care facility

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.


Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.


States looking at $0 community college tuition

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.



Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.


Putin approves Crimea annexation draft

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Russia's President Vladimir Putin today approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula.


Why do plane transponders have an 'off switch?'

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder?



China finds no terror link to its nationals on jet

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Checks into the background of the Chinese citizens on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have uncovered no links to terrorism, the Chinese ambassador in Kuala Lumpur said today.


Developer: Hyatt Place will be open for business in June

Posted 3/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hyatt Place under construction on Highway 45 since 2010 will be open for business in June. That's what Sunny Sethi, the hotel's developer, said last week while giving a tour of the four-story, 70,000 square foot structure, which sits just south of Belk in Columbus.


Columbus School Board meets tonight

Posted 3/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 at Brandon Central Services.


Golden Triangle sales tax returns up slightly

Posted 3/17/2014 in Area

Sales tax dispersions to Golden Triangle cities were up slightly in January when compared to January 2013.


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