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Mayor's Unity Picnic set for Saturday

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fifth annual Mayor's Unity Picnic will take place Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. What began as a simple idea to bring the community together has turned into an anticipated yearly event.


Mississippi lawmakers finish their 2013 session

Posted 4/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their three-month session Thursday, but they'll return to the Capitol in the next several weeks to handle a big piece of unfinished business: Keeping the Medicaid program alive beyond July 1.


Tip leads to armed robbery arrest

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thanks to a Crimestoppers tip, a Brooksville teen suspected of robbing a Columbus convenience store is behind bars.

Columbus choirs prepare for spring concert events

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the school year comes to a close, most high school students are counting down the days until the bell rings for the last time. But for more than 50 choral students from Columbus Middle School and nearly 100 students from Columbus High, there is work to be done.

Ward 4 candidates make their pitches

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The three candidates for Ward 4 Councilman appeared at the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club to inform voters on how they would serve their ward and the city of Columbus if elected.

Legislation provides Lowndes with more investment options

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill into law authorizing the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to establish a reserve fund that would allow it to invest the $30 million received from the 2001 sale of the county hospital in instruments other than money market accounts that are backed by United States treasuries and serve as trustees of the fund.

Budgeting issues emerge from park commission audit

Watkins, Ward and Stafford's Fiscal Year 2013 audit of the Starkville Parks Commission revealed three major budgeting anomalies Thursday, including the fact SPC Commissioner Dan Moreland issued an unauthorized cashier's check for $35,000 to help pay the department's J.L. King Splash Pad construction bill.


Starkville's 175th birthday culminates with Saturday parade

The year-long celebration of Starkville's 175th birthday will culminate Saturday with a parade down Main Street beginning at 9 a.m.



Arrest report 4-4-13

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Marriages and divorces 4-4-13

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business



Miss. lawmakers pass bill that could arm teachers

Posted 4/4/2013 in State

Lawmakers are leaving open the possibility that Mississippi teachers could bear arms in their classrooms. The House and Senate passed Senate Bill 2659 Wednesday. The bill originally was designed only to grant money for schools to hire school resource officers.


Scourge of meth remains despite new laws

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For someone addicted to methamphetamine, the cost of using the illegal drug goes far beyond the price of getting high. Known as Ice or crystal meth, just one hit of the drug can have lifelong effects on the user.

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

Supes table building demolition request

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted two requests Monday from District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith related to drainage improvements in Crawford and one request to ask the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District Board to clear and clean ditches at the Mississippi Highway 69 South and Yorkville Road intersection.

Officials discuss favorite childhood books

Posted 4/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese was a child, her mother read selections from "The Christmas Messenger," a collection of poems and short stories, to her and her siblings every Christmas before they were allowed to open presents. Those memories of her mother reading from the 1941 anthology made it her favorite childhood book, Neese said Wednesday during a Table Talk lecture with other city and county officials at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.


Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.



Few states find narrow route to gun control

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

From Colorado to Connecticut, a handful of very different states have advanced new gun control laws over opposition that has made such legislation a struggle nationally and a non-starter in most legislatures.



Building permits 4-4-13

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business



Home prices rose in Feb. by most in seven years

Posted 4/4/2013 in Business

U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season.



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