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Two Miss. House Democrats switch to GOP

Posted 1/20/2011 in State

Two Mississippi lawmakers switched from Democrat to Republican on Thursday but said the new party affiliation won't change the way they vote because they've already been siding with the GOP on many issues.



Neshoba Democrat: Starkville firm hired for Taylor project (link)

Posted 1/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Peter Imes: Doodling for Google and other contests

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week's column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let's look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.



Bill to raise beer content in Miss. contentious

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Since 2003, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln has operated as Mississippi's only brewer, churning out locally flavored beer and becoming a small business success story. It isn't what it could be financially because of Mississippi's laws that restrict the alcohol content in beers to 5 percent alcohol by weight, the lowest in the nation.



Smoking ban proposed for all Miss. public places

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Health advocates are renewing their push for a bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Mississippi, including restaurants and casinos.



Bond set for man charged in Lee County slaying

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Bond has been set at $1 million for a man charged with murder in a slaying on Monday in the Pratts community of Lee County.


Manslaughter or self-defense? Jury deciding Clay County man's fate

Posted 1/20/2011 in Area

Under the watchful eyes of Clay County jurors, witnesses slowly recreated the drama surrounding the 2010 shooting death of a Cedar Bluff man. Jeremy Barnhill, 26, of 9157 Deer Run in West Point, faces a charge of manslaughter for the Jan. 2, 2010, shooting.


New candidates file for Lowndes schools superintendent, sheriff

Posted 1/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dismissed former New Hope High School principal Lynn Wright has qualified to run for superintendent of the school district he is currently suing.



Arrest report 1-20-11

Posted 1/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office has reported the following felony arrests.


In the swing of things: Starkville group raises funds for parks

Posted 1/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's Junior Auxiliary group recently completed yet another improvement project at a city park.


Starkville restaurant robbed at gunpoint

Posted 1/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police are searching for a man who robbed a McDonald's Wednesday morning on Highway 12. Omnova shares sink on report

Posted 1/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Omnova Solutions Inc. is coming off what its executives say was a highly profitable and record year in many respects, including a major acquisition. Yet fourth-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street.


Classes begin at new Columbus Middle School

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cinderella is finally at the ball -- Cinderella being more than 900 middle-schoolers, and the ball being a $19.1 million state-of-the-art school.


Starkville K-9 unit makes drug arrests

Posted 1/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was arrested over the weekend with approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine.



Starkville aldermen interview for technology head

Posted 1/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night took another step toward upgrading the city's Information Technology Department.



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