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General: Budget cuts will hamper drug seizures

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Pentagon budget cuts will dramatically slash U.S. efforts to seize illegal drug shipments at sea, the top U.S. commander in South America told senators Tuesday, saying that the number of ships at his disposal for counter-drug operations will drop from about six to possibly zero.


Verdell moves into school board post

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board began its March meeting with the swearing in of a new school board member. Angela Verdell was greeted with a hug and a kiss on the cheek by Mayor Robert Smith as she officially joined the board, replacing former board president Tommy Prude, whose term ended March 2.

Fugitive felony suspect out on bond

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After six months on the run, a Columbus fugitive was arrested in Iowa and brought back to Columbus. Within 24 hours of his arrest, Orlando Guyton was back on the streets.

CVB reaches no decision on Juneteenth grant

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Juneteenth festival organizers will have to wait another month to find out if they will receive their request for an $8,000 quality of life grant from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

KiOR makes first fuel shipment

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alternative fuel company KiOR announced Monday it has made its long-awaited first shipment of fuel from its Columbus facility.

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.


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