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Deal reached in Deuce McAllister/Nissan lawsuit

Posted 4/28/2012 in State

A federal judge approved a deal Friday in which a $1.5 million judgment against former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister will be settled in accordance with a confidential agreement with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Loving Elisha: Teaching a child with autism

Posted 4/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sequestered deep within the recesses of a giant, inflatable ball, he thrusts his feet and hands against the cushioned vinyl walls, using his body to propel himself across the front lawn. Inside the bubble, sound is muffled, and the outside world is reduced to a blue haze. He is the master of his fate, the captain of his destiny -- briefly, ever so briefly.

State redistricting map passes House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

The House on Thursday passed a state redistricting plan on a 70-49 vote. The plan was submitted by Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Apportionment and Elections Committee Chair. Commonly known as the "Denny Map," the plan will increase majority minority districts in the state from 43 to 44. The vote was seen as a victory for state Republicans, who hold a House majority.

School board reviews 20 superintendent applicants

Posted 4/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Board members with the Columbus Municipal School District spent more than three hours in executive session Thursday night, discussing candidates for the ongoing superintendent search. Officials with the Mississippi School Boards Association presented the second batch of resumes to the board, along with additional information they gleaned while backgrounding the candidates.


March area unemployment rates down

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

As the nation's sluggish economy continues to slowly move forward, unemployment rates continue to drop throughout the area, with the Golden Triangle reporting a 10.4 percent unemployment rate in March, compared to an 11.4 percent rate in February and 12.7 percent last March.



Voter ID bill gets final approval in Miss. House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections.



Child porn scam linked to bogus Bieber

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

An Alabama man was indicted Thursday on child porn and extortion charges after authorities say he posed as pop sensation Justin Bieber online and convinced young girls to send him inappropriate photos, federal prosecutors say.


Mayor's son fined for weapon

Posted 4/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sherman Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, had his initial appearance in municipal court Wednesday.

Job training helps employees prepare for new careers

Posted 4/26/2012 in Area

Judy Flynn spent 19 years working at United Technologies in Columbus. Then she found out the plant was closing. Fearful of not finding a new job at the age of 48, Flynn decided to send her resume to American Eurocopter.

Bryant says left's mission is to abort children

Posted 4/26/2012 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor had some new harsh words for proponents of legalized abortion this week, saying, "their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb."


Court upholds LCSO immunity in court case

Posted 4/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A case filed against Lowndes County by Clifton Jones and Dewayne Nance, both of Pickens County, Ala., has been closed, at least for now.



West Point tourism tax bill passes House

Posted 4/26/2012 in Area

People eating and lodging in West Point may soon be paying a one percent tax increase.



Columbus recognized by development magazine

Posted 4/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Southern Business & Development has recognized Columbus as one of 10 Southern markets considered "no-brainer" locations for manufacturing in the South.


Business brief: Young selected

Posted 4/26/2012 in Business

Veronica Young, CLPN, has been selected by her peers as North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point's Employee of the Quarter.


Building Permits 4-26-12

Posted 4/26/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 4-26-12

Posted 4/26/2012 in Business



CMSD to review superintendent applicants Thursday

Posted 4/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year ago, the Columbus Municipal School District accepted the resignation of then-Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips; the district has been without a permanent, full-time leader since.


Aberdeen conservator: Takeover could last two to three years

Posted 4/25/2012 in State

Shortly before Christmas, the ailing Aberdeen School District sent a distress signal to the Mississippi Department of Education by way of a phone call and a plea for help.


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