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Possumhaw: Flu is nothing to sneeze about

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam looked pitiful, with sad eyes peering over the face mask. As soon as the doctor verified the flu diagnosis on went the mask.

Cold weather means early N.H. ice harvest

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

The tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground is off to a cold and early start.

 

Loss of jobless aid leaves many with bleak options

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

A cutoff of benefits for the long-term unemployed has left more than 1.3 million Americans with a stressful decision: What now? Without their unemployment checks, many will abandon what had been a futile search and will no longer look for a job -- an exodus that could dwarf the 347,000 Americans who stopped seeking work in December.

 

Cat rescued after 3 winter days in Ohio drainpipe

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

A cat that spent at least three winter days in a northwest Ohio drainpipe has been rescued after initially refusing attempts to lure it out with tuna, the classic call of "here, kitty, kitty" and even a cellphone app that meowed.

Israel holds memorial ceremony for Ariel Sharon

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

Israeli officials and international dignitaries bid farewell to the late Ariel Sharon at a state ceremony today, remembering the controversial former prime minister as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting his country's security.

 

Kmart's claims against Kroger set for trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth.

 

 

Mississippi death row inmate seeking new trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

Mississippi death row inmate Caleb Corrothers argues he deserves a new trial because a Lafayette County judge refused to allow an expert to testify about the reliability of eyewitness identification.

 

 

Camp Shelby looks to future in cyberspace, drones

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

As Camp Shelby's role as the National Guard's largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility.

 

High court case: abortion clinic protest-free zone

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby's hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast. The painted line marks 35 feet from the clinic's entrance and that's where the 77-year-old McCullen and all other abortion protesters and supporters must stay under a Massachusetts law that is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. Arguments are set for Wednesday.

 

Kilgore named school board president over Gray's objection

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Kilgore has been named president of the Lowndes County School Board. However, the vote was not unanimous with board member Jacqueline Gray vehemently voicing her objections.

 

Smith, Oglesby receive top honors from city, county schools

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District and the Lowndes County School District honored some of their own on Friday.

Buzzie Dorn, U.S. Army veteran and tireless volunteer, dead at 92

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This is how people described him: A proud veteran. A tireless volunteer. A man who never shied away from voicing his opinions. A man who held his faith dear. His name was Buzzie Dorn and he lived in Columbus. He died Jan. 4 at the age of 92.

Officials say it's too early to evaluate J5/Broaddus

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City financial data shows that J5/Broaddus was paid $30,000 through four months for regular services since the firm was hired for a newly created project managing position for Columbus.

Felony arrests up in both city and county

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Felony arrests in Lowndes County and the City of Columbus rose in 2013, according to data provided by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and the Columbus Police Department.

County administrator search to continue into February

Posted 1/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's search for a new county administrator is expected to last through February as supervisors use an informal process to hone a list of more than 30 applicants to five or so preferred candidates.

Ex-Republican runs as Dem for Senate

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Bill Marcy said Friday that he's changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

 

Former Reagan spokesman, Speakes dies at 74

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

 

 

Entrepreneur: Boost California wages to $12-an-hour

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.

 

 

Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of prescription drugs.

 

 

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