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Clover Project enlists Santa's help

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Clover Street Project never rests. The nonprofit agency, which serves underprivileged youth throughout the Golden Triangle, is especially active during the holidays.



22 finalists for schools chief; no names yet

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The names are in, but the public will have to wait until January to know who's in the running for superintendent of Starkville School District. The district board of trustees met Thursday with the Mississippi School Boards Association, which provided the results of 23 interviews for the vacant position. Interviews were conducted in Clinton.



Antebellum homes open doors for holiday tour

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Garlands and greenery, themed trees and period decor will greet visitors touring five antebellum landmarks during Saturday's Holiday Home Tour presented by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.



Lawyer seeks bond while Holliman awaits retrial

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new trial for Brian Holliman has not been set, but the defense made a motion to reinstate the previous bond.



Port Authority renews Logistic lease

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority renewed the lease with the company that runs the terminal.



Coroner asks county for pauper burial policy

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county needs to establish a policy for handling the remains of those deemed as paupers, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant told the Board of Supervisors on Thursday.



Court overturns 2009 porn conviction

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The conviction of a New Hope man for possession of child pornography was reversed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.



Texas drought takes cow numbers down by 600,000, despite higher beef demand

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The worst drought in Texas' history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state's cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.



Poll: More than half say Obama should lose

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Entering 2012, President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are essentially a 50-50 proposition, with a majority saying the president deserves to be voted out of office despite concerns about the Republican alternatives, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.



BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP in a legal settlement, BP said Friday.



Anonymous donors pay strangers' layaway accounts

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

OMAHA, Neb. -- The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.



State court rejects appeal in girlfriend burning case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a man sentenced to life in prison for dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire.



South Carolina man pleads guilty in Mississippi cigarette case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

TUPELO -- A South Carolina man is the latest person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of packs of cigarettes.



Bryant wants to be 'big idea governor' in Mississippi

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant on Thursday asked businesspeople, lobbyists, legislators and state agency leaders to help him shape an agenda for Mississippi's 2012 legislative session.



Bayer: Threshold met for $750 million rice deal

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rice growers met a threshold to move forward with a $750 million settlement over genetically modified rice, the company blamed for the problem said Thursday.



Dead and dying horses found in Yazoo pasture

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

The Yazoo County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of several dead and malnourished horses near Bentonia.



Building Permits 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Building Permits for November, Dec. 6- Dec. 12



Conn inducted as Home Builders Association of Mississippi secretary/treasurer

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Lance Conn, a home builder from Columbus, was inducted as the 2012 secretary/treasurer of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi during ceremonies held as the fall board of directors meeting in Jackson.



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