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Inmates, orchestra members perform behind bars

Posted 4/15/2013 in National

Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday -- not inside an august concert hall -- but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mostly teenage boys await trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder.


Rock and soul songwriter George Jackson dies at 68

Posted 4/15/2013 in State

Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68.



County considers Lee Middle for Vo-Tech Center

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a new twist to the city school district's continuing Lee Middle School sale saga, another interested buyer has emerged -- the Lowndes County School District.



Supes to revisit District 1 VFD property request

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will revisit a request Monday to purchase property for a new main fire station in District 1.


Lowndes schools approve mandatory uniforms

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Lowndes County School District will begin wearing uniforms district-wide next year, following a 3-1 vote by the board during Friday's meeting.


Lowndes County man dies in Saturday wreck

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning wreck claimed the life of a Lowndes County man Saturday.


Mennonite community rallies to repair tornado-damaged home

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

Thursday afternoon, before answering his wife's call to lunch, Randy Classen walked out on his back porch. The area was under a storm warning and he wondered if he could see evidence of a tornado that had torn through neighboring Kemper County less than an hour earlier.

A charming day in the Golden Triangle

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

The South has its troubles, Lord knows. But it also has its charms, as a Saturday trip around the Golden Triangle confirmed.

Legislation could open funding for Starkville pre-K programs

Posted 4/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District's Family Center Programs could see an expansion of its preschool services through the state's recent commitment to early childhood education, program director Joan Butler told school board members Tuesday.

Apartment fire contained by sprinklers

Posted 4/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A fire sprinkler system contained and quickly extinguished a single-unit fire at The Pointe at MSU apartment complex Friday, Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said.


Felled tower a loss to Noxubee area farmers

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say some 200 farmers in eastern Mississippi will feel the loss of a 300-foot-tall communications tower that was felled by a recent tornado.


Oil falls 2 percent, gas prices to keep dropping

Posted 4/13/2013 in National

Signs that the global economy isn't strong enough to quickly burn through the world's ample supplies of oil and gasoline sank crude oil prices for a second straight day.

Economic issues dominate in candidates forum

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first question mayoral candidates in the upcoming city election were asked during Thursday night's forum was hypothetical in nature: If $10 million fell out of the sky into the city's coffers, what would you do with it?

Tornado rips through Shuqualak: Homes destroyed, 2 seriously injured in Noxubee storm

Posted 4/12/2013 in Area

A few hours after a tornado ripped through the small Noxubee town of Shuqualak early Thursday afternoon, LeMerrick Hill was on his hands and knees, picking up loose change and carefully placing the nickels, dimes and the occasional quarter into a mason jar.

City seeks state help to review sales tax dip

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials said Thursday they met with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Revenue to address current fiscal year general sales tax declines.

Super Saturday II: Golden Triangle hosts variety of events

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus got its name during a town meeting in 1819. According to local historian Rufus Ward, there wasn't much fanfare associated with naming the young town located on the banks of the Tombigbee River. Silas McBee, one of the town's founders and leading citizens, suggested the name Columbus. And that was about it.


Ohio man admits making more than 100 bomb threats

Posted 4/12/2013 in State


Burdine honored with Golden Deeds award

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's only once every five years that the Columbus Exchange Club gives the Andy Morris Book of Golden Deeds Award to one of its own members.


Election debate will feature use of social media

Posted 4/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two non-partisan events will bring Starkville municipal candidates off the campaign trail and into the Greensboro Center for issues-based discussions before this year's primary.



Starkville Tea Party to hold rally

Posted 4/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



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