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Ill. police: Teenager held 2 years escapes captors

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

A teen girl reported missing more than two years ago told police she escaped a home in southwestern Illinois where she had been held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted.



Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.



Prosecutors: Colo. suspect angry over academics

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

James Holmes was a promising neuroscience doctoral candidate, but by the end of the program's first year, he had fallen out of favor with professors and failed a key exam, prosecutors said.


'Hopper King: 42K grasshoppers keep MSU prof hopping

Posted 8/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pavlov had his dogs. Goodall had her chimps. And JaVonn Hill has his ... grasshoppers?

NCAA investigating Mississippi State University football

Posted 8/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The NCAA is conducting an investigation into a "potential recruiting irregularity" involving the Mississippi State University football program.

Shelton sentenced to 7 years

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local businessman Benny Shelton has been found guilty of one count of sexual assault against a minor and will serve seven years in prison for the offense. Shelton was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison, with five years suspended.

Delinquent tax deadline today

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County property owners who haven't paid their 2011 ad valorem taxes have until 5 p.m. today to do so before the tax liens are sold Monday at the Trotter Convention Center. As of this morning, around 2,000 properties remained on the delinquent tax roll, totaling around $1.8 million in back taxes.


Proposed garbage rate hike comparable to area cities

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is looking to increase garbage rates by $2 beginning Oct. 1. The increase would raise the rate from $15 to $17 and it would be the third increase in the service in three years -- two by the council and one by the city's garbage contractor, Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. But at $17, are Columbus residents still getting a bargain?



Bryant: No benefits for deferred-status immigrants

Posted 8/24/2012 in State



Shelton found guilty on sex charge

Posted 8/23/2012 in Area

Benny Shelton was found guilty on one charge of sexual assault of a minor.


Houses for Africa: Colom's vision on display in prototype

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It quickly became apparent why Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chose to ride with Wil Colom rather than go to New Hope alone Wednesday. Even with the address in hand and a rough idea of what he would find on Lauren Road, Wicker still might have driven past his destination, assuming the tidy houses on the pine-strewn lot were an ordinary subdivision.


City denies C Spire cell tower variance

Posted 8/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Aug. 27 special report issue of Time magazine, simply dubbed The Wireless Issue, includes a piece exploring the "10 Ways Your Phone is Changing The World." Just an assumption, but it probably offered little new information for Dave Miller. As media relations director for C Spire Wireless, Miller and his company have been on the front lines of wireless innovations. He could likely roll off example after example of how smart phones have already changed the world.


Alleged victim testifies in Shelton trial

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The key witness for the state's sexual assault case against local businessman Benny Shelton took the stand yesterday to testify against his alleged abuser.

City budget includes rise in garbage rates

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will move forward with a public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a budget that will ask for more out-of-pocket money from the city's residents.

Heritage Academy's GATE program taps into each student's potential

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For decades, schools have offered gifted programs, with test scores dictating academic placement. At Heritage Elementary, Pathfinders served that purpose. But this year, the school has launched a new program and a new way of thinking, busting the gates of gifted education wide open to all first through sixth-graders -- no test required.


Building permits 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Rise in home sales reflects steady improvement

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years. Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing, though they remain far below levels seen in a healthy economy.



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