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President Obama lights National Christmas Tree

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.



Celebrating Mandela: South African sports go on

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

South Africa's multiracial rugby sevens team huddled in the middle of the stadium named after Nelson Mandela. The players raised their hands together to the sky. Then they went out and won the game.



Top general to teenagers: Watch what you post online!

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey worried aloud Wednesday that the next generation of possible military recruits is ignorant about the damage that can come from showing bad or illegal behavior online.


Public art project elicits the profound, profane

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

It is public art made of private wishes. In a phenomenon spreading across the globe, oversized blackboards, painted on buildings and freestanding displays, invite passers-by to complete the sentence: "Before I die I want to ..."


Freezing rain continues overnight in north Miss.

Posted 12/7/2013 in State

Parts of north Mississippi are under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday into Sunday as a second wave of freezing rain moves into the region.



Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.



Democrats, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.



Renasant wrapping up M&F merger, branch closures

Posted 12/6/2013 in Business

The last six of nine planned branch closures will be completed by Monday as Renasant Bank's merger with M&F Bank if finalized.


Business brief: Seawright promoted

Posted 12/6/2013 in Business

Cadence Bank announced that Matt Seawright has been promoted to branch manager of the bank's Maben and Starkville Crossing locations.

Winter blast approaches: Downtown Wassail Fest rescheduled, W event will go on as planned tonight

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The weather outside is frightful... The forecast for the Golden Triangle this afternoon is mostly cloudy and much colder with occasional rain and a thunderstorm. In the evening, there will be occasional drizzle and breezy winds with an overnight low of 30 degrees.

Council sets goal for new convention center approval in 3 years

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen want a new convention center. The council wants one planned and approved by the end of their term in 2017.

Time's up: City cancels bus service contract

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' contract with Lawrence Transit System to bring public transportation to the city is officially null and void. Mayor Robert Smith said he spoke with LTS coordinator Dorothy Dowdell Thursday and informed her it would be in the best interest of the city going forward if the contract was canceled.


MSU student killed in Wednesday wreck

Posted 12/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

James Harrell, a 22-year-old Mississippi State University student, was killed Wednesday in a single-car wreck on Old West Point Road.


E-911 could find new home in county education building

Posted 12/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District's administrative home could be retooled for E-911 use, a move that would alleviate space restrictions at emergency management's current Jefferson Street location.


Mississippi AG office tries to clarify new gun law

Posted 12/6/2013 in State

Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the attorney general's office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi's gun laws.


Fire Dept. to be recommended for national accreditation

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue will be recommended for national accreditation, the department announced Thursday.

Fast-food protesters push for wage hikes

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.


Ky. man fills brother's wish with big tip in Vt.

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip. On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly's waitress in Springfield, Vt.



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