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Mill financing request not expected at aldermen meeting

Posted 3/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An expected tax increment financing request by Columbus-based developer Mark Castleberry will have to wait at least one more month. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Monday Castleberry's request would not be on today's board of aldermen agenda.

Tax assessor sues county over payroll request denial

Posted 3/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized attorney Jack Brown to seek outside counsel Monday to represent the county in litigation surrounding a denied tax office payroll request. Board Vice President John Montgomery confirmed tax assessor Allen Morgan filed a bill of exceptions with Circuit Court after the board failed March 4 to allow a payroll increase for a full-time tax office employee.


Medicaid status could affect state finances

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Mississippi House Democrats said Monday that the state could hurt its own financial standing if it rejects Medicaid expansion, but Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said he's not convinced that would happen and he still opposes putting more people on the government health program.



Severe storms, large hail pummel parts of South

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.


LCSO seizes illegal gambling machines

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus business owner was issued a citation after seven illegal gambling machines were found at his store Friday night.


Whistle-blowers allege wrongdoing at VA center

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Employees at a Veterans Administration hospital in Mississippi have reported a range of "serious wrongdoing," including improperly sterilized instruments and missed diagnoses of fatal illnesses, an independent federal investigative agency said in a letter to the White House.



Surgery, therapy both prove good for knee repair

Posted 3/19/2013 in National


Must voters have to prove citizenship to register?

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.


Caledonia to begin Youth Council program

Posted 3/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia High School students with political aspirations -- or just a desire to understand the underpinnings of government -- will soon have an outlet for their interests.



Analysis: Not every bill is a headline grabber

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

The first two bills that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed during the 2013 legislative session dealt with money.



China becomes fifth largest arms exporter

Posted 3/18/2013 in National



Suspect in 1964 Klan slayings dies

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.


Conference committee expected to meet on school consolidation

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, says a conference committee between Mississippi House and Senate members should be created this week to iron out the differences between both chamber's Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Light load scheduled for supes' recess meeting

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors face a light agenda during their 5:30 p.m. today meeting at the county courthouse. The board is expected to enter into an inter-local agreement with Choctaw and Webster counties to save money on aerial mapping services, a move board vice president John Montgomery said should save the three counties money by consolidating the project.

CVB not likely to change festival guidelines for 2013

Posted 3/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grants will again be a topic of discussion at tonight's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting. The festival grants committee met last week and is expected to recommend that the board make no changes at this time, executive director Nancy Carpenter said Sunday afternoon.

City Council expects update on city bus service

Posted 3/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The proposed city bus service will once again appear before the Columbus City Council Tuesday night. Dorothy Dowdell of Lawrence Public Transit is scheduled to address the council during the citizens input portion of the council meeting to update mayor Robert Smith and the councilmen on the status of the bus line.

Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public.

Two firms under consideration for The Mill's parking deck

Posted 3/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two firms emerged Friday as the frontrunners to handle architectural and construction plans surrounding an $8 million parking facility associated with The Mill development.


Court upholds Lowndes man's convictions

Posted 3/16/2013 in State



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