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Business brief: Pounders named director

Posted 10/25/2012 in Business

Nicole Pounders, RN, BSN has been named director of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle's education department.


Suit alleges 'brazen' fraud at Countrywide

Posted 10/25/2012 in Business

The latest federal lawsuit over alleged mortgage fraud paints an unflattering picture of a doomed lender: Executives at Countrywide Financial urged workers to churn out loans, accepted fudged applications and tried to hide ballooning defaults.



Facebook shares post gain

Posted 10/25/2012 in Business

Facebook's stock gained the most in a single day Wednesday since it began trading in May, a good sign for the social media company.



Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean.



Activist girl's dad vows she'll return to Pakistan

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman vowed Thursday that she would return home after finishing medical treatment abroad despite new insurgent threats against her.


The Tide that binds: Family connection has MSU grad rooting for Alabama

Posted 10/25/2012 in Area

West Point's Donna Harris was a University of Alabama football fan before she enrolled at Mississippi State. A 1982 MSU graduate, she rooted for the Bulldogs from that moment on. Until, that is, family ties intervened.

Special meeting in works for Link discussion

Posted 10/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors president Orlando Trainer said the supervisor will hold a joint session with the Starkville Board of Aldermen on Wednesday to address a proposed contract with a new economic development group.

Coleman, Phillips locked in tight race for high court spot

Posted 10/25/2012 in State

If there was a race that Mississippi voters seemed to know the least about, it would likely be the race for the District 3 Supreme Court seat.


Lowndes schools no longer under Federal control

Posted 10/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A decades-long battle came to an end this week, with a federal court ruling that the Lowndes County School District is in compliance with desegregation orders and is no longer under the U.S. Department of Justice's control.



Internet scammers hit city of Corinth

Posted 10/25/2012 in State

An Internet scam in which perpetrators pose as the FBI in an attempt to extort money is cropping up in the Corinth area.



Obama assails Romney in bid for women's vote

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Seeking to shore up his support among women voters, President Barack Obama hammered Republican rival Mitt Romney today anew over his backing of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate drawing fire for saying that pregnancies that result from rape are "something God intended."


'Southside Five' teen arrested for burglary

Posted 10/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teen known as one of the "Southside Five" has been arrested again for burglary.

Blinded by the light: Motorists' visibility affected by sun during Fall rush hour

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

The leaves are really starting to change, you notice as you take another slight turn around a bend of tightly grouped trees on U.S. Highway 82. It's close to 7 a.m. and you're eastbound, headed to Columbus or point beyond. Then, at the crest of the hill, it happens: The morning sun breaks through the windshield and suddenly, you are blinded.

Scooter Town program keeps kids on the move

Posted 10/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gas prices dropped to 95-cents per gallon this week in Scooter Town, where apparently, everyone is partying like it's 1999. As expected, lines are long, and some traffic citations have been issued near the service station, but police are taking a laissez-faire approach to the hullabaloo, letting motorists off the hook with a warning.

Comes A Time: Neil Young returns to Tuscaloosa after almost 40 years

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

Although his songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" painted unflattering portraits of the South, veteran singer-songwriter Neil Young will be welcomed back with open arms on Thursday.

Woodrum is perfect fit in new role with Starkville schools

Posted 10/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees voted in a specially-called meeting Tuesday to approve the hiring of Jody Jones Woodrum as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Mayor updates projects at Rotary meeting

Posted 10/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith updated Rotary Club members Tuesday on a number of projects, including improvements to the Columbus Soccer Complex, renovations to the old Highway 82 bridge and revitalization efforts along Catfish Alley, the section of Fourth Street South between College Street and Main Street.


Hosemann: Voter ID not required in Miss. this Nov.

Posted 10/24/2012 in State

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippians won't have to show photo identification when they go to the polls Nov. 6.



2 Miss. inmates wanted in slaying captured in La.

Posted 10/24/2012 in State

Two Mississippi inmates suspected of fatally stabbing a 95-year-old woman after escaping from a prison were captured Tuesday in a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.



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