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Supes, DAR honor Lowndes' first responders

Posted 9/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The First Responders' Day observance, presented by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Shuk-ho-ta Tom-a-ha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse, honored five departments of county responders: Emergency 911, Emergency Management Agency, Lowndes County Road Department, Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Departments, and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.


Volunteers roll up sleeves as United Way kicks off campaign

Posted 9/12/2012 in Area

The United Way of Lowndes County held its annual "Day of Service" Tuesday morning, with 160 volunteers helping local service agencies with tasks they often either don't have the manpower, equipment or spare change to handle themselves.


Issues emerge in changes to GED tests

Posted 9/12/2012 in State

Changes to the General Educational Development test, commonly known as the GED test, are on the horizon, with a price increase and a revamped test structure designed to assess college and career readiness and mirror curriculum changes in high schools nationwide.


WTC memorial magnificent, but at a steep price

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

MSU, Ole Miss get high marks for free speech

Posted 9/11/2012 in State

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its second annual list of Best Colleges for Free Speech, and FIRE's top seven list includes, you guessed it, three SEC universities.

FBI arrests Sumrall in child porn case

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Noel Everett Sumrall, 66, was arrested Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sumrall had been out on bond, which had been set at $7,500, before being indicted in federal court on Aug. 30 on child pornography charges.


Tri-county group to announce findings on Friday

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

Friday, the public will get its first look at the details behind a proposed tri-county economic coalition between Lowndes, Clay and Oktibbeha.


Committee considers Highway 45 corridor face-lift

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the most traveled roads in Columbus may soon get a much-needed facelift. Highway 45 North, the main entrance to the city and the center for most of its restaurants and shopping, is the subject of a long-discussed beautification project.


Redistricting will mean changes in some poll locations

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voter registration cards were mailed last month to a select number of Lowndes County voters, notifying them of changes they will experience as a result of countywide redistricting.



West Point voters pass tourism tax

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

It's not the quantity of the voters that counted, but what the ones who voted had to say. Voters in West Point passed a resolution to allow the city to levy a one-percent tourism sales tax, bringing the sales tax to nine percent on restaurant, liquor store and hotel/motel purchases.



Columbus schools sign rental car agreement

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next time city school employees leave town for training, they may drive away in a rental car. The Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to sign a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which will provide standard-sized cars for $34 per day in-state and $37 per day for out-of-state travel. The rates will include comprehensive and collision insurance coverage.


Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

The massive teacher strike in Chicago offers a high-profile test for the nation's teacher unions, which have seen their political influence threatened as a growing reform movement seeks to expand charter schools, get private companies involved with failing schools and link teacher evaluations to student test scores.

Romney: Teachers turning their backs on students

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that striking Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the absent educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly.

Popular downtown restaurant gets a reprieve with new owners

Posted 9/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lovers of the Front Door/Back Door's chicken salad need not worry; according to the restaurant's new owners, Steve McLemore and Jim Lewis, Chef Sarah Lapbinsky's recipes are in good hands.


Miss. not expected to get post-Isaac revenue leap

Posted 9/10/2012 in State

State economist Darrin Webb says he does not expect Mississippi to see a surge in tax collections after Hurricane Isaac the way it did after Hurricane Katrina.


'Recovery Day' focuses on providing funds for treatment for addicts

Posted 9/10/2012 in Area

Drug and alcohol addiction is something that is usually associated with darkness, pain and tragedy. But an upcoming fundraiser in Starkville hopes to not only diminish some of the social stigmas surrounding addiction, but to do so in a fun-filled, family-friendly environment.


Think teal? Early dectection key in fight against ovarian cancer

Posted 9/10/2012 in Area

Think pink. Thanks to a widespread awareness campaign, people have become more comfortable talking about breast cancer, from its symptoms to the importance of early detection through self-exams and annual mammograms.



MSU hosts global food security conference

Posted 9/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Experts in global food safety and security from around the world have descended on Mississippi State University today for a day-long conference discussing the university and state's role in combating the agricultural side of world hunger.



Congress returns for short pre-election session

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington today for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.



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