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City, county record savings with internal hires

Posted 5/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County and Starkville saved a combined $54,179 by promoting internal officials to key supervisory positions within each governing body.

 

Board attorney vows to fight city's ethics claim

Posted 5/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will vigorously defend itself in a state ethics complaint alleging aldermen tend to business in secret meetings outside public view, board attorney Chris Latimer said Friday.

Officials: Budget keeps city from using road tax from county for roads

Posted 5/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen will consider a $5 million bond issue to finance road and infrastructure renovations when they meet May 20 even though the county provides the city roughly $500,000 annually for road maintenance.

Golden Triangle area draws attention from national media

Posted 5/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For nearly a year, James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, has crisscrossed the United States exploring the dynamics and inner workings of small towns fighting back against unique challenges.

Reports: Severstal for sale

Posted 5/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Russia-based company has reportedly put its two U.S. operations on the auction block, according to The Wall Street Journal. The steelmaker's other North American plant is in Michigan.

 

Couple searches for wedding album owners

Posted 5/10/2014 in State

About four months after Hurricane Katrina ripped through South Mississippi and devastated much of Pass Christian, Michael Malley was doing debris cleanup and came across a somewhat soggy -- but still intact -- photo album.

 

If it's OK for women to propose, why don't they?

Posted 5/10/2014 in National

Steve Paska waited two weeks for Washington's famously fickle cherry blossoms to emerge, then spent two hours searching for the perfect spot beneath the canopy of fluff. He lured his girlfriend there on the pretext of buying a painting of the blooms. Then he surprised her by dropping to one knee and proposing.

Suspect arrested after alleged shooting near school

Steven Bryant Thomas Jr., 19, of Starkville, turned himself in to Starkville police officers Monday and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

 

GOP split breaking down, tea party power wanes

Posted 5/9/2014 in National

It's too early to say the tea party's over.

 

Farmers' market set for Saturday's grand opening

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Things will get underway at 7 a.m. and run until 10 a.m., according to Anne Freeze, one of the market's organizers. The market is at Second Street and Second Avenue North.

Riverwalk connector could be done by end of year

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City engineering consultant Kevin Stafford said a sidewalk connecting the Riverwalk to the Columbus Soccer Complex should be completed by the end of 2014.

Legislature OKs $17M for tornado recovery

Posted 5/9/2014 in State

The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session Thursday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state.

Spice sends four to hospital in Clay County

Posted 5/9/2014 in Area

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said within the last two weeks, four people have sought treatment at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point after taking spice, a synthetic marijuana made of herbs that have been sprayed with chemicals.

Photo: 8 O'May Ceremony

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science student Kaylyn Davis, of Shaw, portrays the late Susie Mitchell, who is buried in Sandfield Cemetery in Columbus. The Eighth of May Emancipation Day event was presented by the Voices in Harmony and the African-American History class from MSMS.

Rep. Nunnelee hospitalized in Washington

Posted 5/9/2014 in State

Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee is in a Washington, D.C., hospital after initially suffering nausea and fatigue.

Commission changes CPD resident requirements

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New hires at the Columbus Police Department will now have a year to establish residency in Lowndes County.

 

City Council OKs per diem in advance

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus employees and elected officials can now receive per diem allowances for travel in advance.

 

Loyal to original zip-up Godzilla, Japan wary of U.S. remake

Posted 5/9/2014 in National

The big-screen Godzilla that scared and thrilled viewers in 1954 was an actor in a rubber suit with a zipper up its back. And many Japanese fans still prefer that monster over a Hollywood version made in terrifying, full 3-D computer-graphics glory.

 

Tourism chief to address MUW graduates

Posted 5/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State tourism director Malcolm White will address graduates Saturday at the Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

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