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Caledonia moves close to water rate increase

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia is one step closer to securing a rate increase for the town's water service. During Tuesday night's board meeting, Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman informed the board of alderman that the county had two remaining steps before the increase goes into effect.



Deadly Okla. tornado widest on record, rare EF5

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

The deadly tornado that plowed through an area near Oklahoma City last week was even larger and more powerful than previously estimated -- a record 2.6 miles wide with winds that reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured.


Fort Hood shooting suspect says he was protecting the Taliban

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

An Army psychiatrist charged with gunning down Fort Hood soldiers said Tuesday his defense would show that he was compelled to do so because deploying U.S. troops posed an imminent danger to Taliban fighters.


Chrysler refuses recall request

Posted 6/5/2013 in National


Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man's basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.


New Zealand driver, 105: 'I don't think I'm old'

Posted 6/5/2013 in National



Studio to comb N.M. landfill for Atari games

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

A New Mexico city commission agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search a landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried.



Smith rolls to victory in mayoral race; Mickens wins Ward 2

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith handily defeated challengers Glenn Lautzenhiser and Bo Jarrett to ensure his second full term in Tuesday's general municipal election.


State Dems, GOP eye key mayoral races

Posted 6/4/2013 in Area

Starkville emerged this election cycle as a key battleground between Mississippi's Democratic and Republican parties, and officials are eyeing success in today's municipal race.

EMCC seeks more tax revenue from Lowndes

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College President Rick Young came before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday to ask for a two-mill tax increase to cover building construction needed to expand overall capacity.

Supes spar over county job vacancies

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Discussion of Lowndes County's summer youth work program turned into a debate between supervisors Leroy Brooks, Jeff Smith and Harry Sanders during the board's meeting Monday.


VA hospital director says troubles are in the past

Posted 6/4/2013 in State

The new director of the veterans' hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct.



Navy awards $3.3B contract to Miss. shipyard

Posted 6/4/2013 in State



Man indicted in poisoned letters case

Posted 6/4/2013 in State


Storm chasing critical, profitable and dangerous

Posted 6/4/2013 in National

While most people take shelter when a tornado approaches, a growing throng heads for the prairies, be they scientists hoping to protect the public from a twister's fury or amateurs armed with little more than a smartphone, a digital camera and a desire to sell 15 seconds of video to the nightly news.

Report: Parks Commission late with electric bill payments

Documents associated with an upcoming financial report state procedural gaps in Starkville Parks Commission's electric bill payments exist and accounts are shown beyond the 45-day legal payment window.

Hester, Wright cases go before Appeals Court

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments June 12 involving wrongful termination lawsuits filed by former New Hope High School principal Lynn Wright and longtime baseball coach Stacy Hester.

Portera begins recruiting role for LINK

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former leader of two area universities begins serving as a workforce development consultant with the Golden Triangle Development Link this month.


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