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New racially charged words at Univ. of Alabama

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Disparaging words about several ethnic and racial groups were written in chalk on a University of Alabama sidewalk, the school said Wednesday, the second time in less than a week officials have had to deal with such language.



Sid Salter joins MSU as journalist-in-residence

Sid Salter, a Mississippi State graduate and longtime syndicated columnist, returns to his alma mater March 1 as journalist-in-residence.


North Mississippi under winter storm warning

Posted 2/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snow and sleet began falling in parts of central and north Mississippi on Wednesday afternoon and authorities said icy precipitation was already accumulating in nearly three dozen counties.


Miss. Senate OKs two animal cruelty bills

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

The Mississippi Senate passed two bills Wednesday aimed at strengthening the state's animal cruelty law by making it a felony to maliciously injure, torture or kill a cat or dog.



Starkville schools handle money matters

The Starkville School Board handled several financial matters Tuesday night at its board meeting in the Greensboro Center.



Raffle to benefit ailing Oktibbeha constable

In a few weeks, the friends of Oktibbeha County Constable Jimmy Shurden will raffle off a rifle to help pay the longtime lawman's mounting medical bills.



West Point selectmen override mayor's veto

Posted 2/9/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- A man who was arrested in November for disrupting a West Point Board of Selectmen meeting is back on the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority.



Starkville planning commission approves hotel, condo projects

The Starkville planning and zoning commission Tuesday approved plats for a new hotel on Highway 12 and more than a half-dozen condominiums in the newly renovated Creamery at Central Station.



MSU proposes nursing program at Meridian campus

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Mississippi State University has asked the state College Board to approve a nursing program for its Meridian campus.



City leaders weigh options after planner resigns

Posted 2/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following the Thursday resignation of former city planner Patricia Southerland, city officials are in no rush to find a replacement.



Council to talk tourism at special meeting tonight

Posted 2/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city council will have its turn to discuss a new take on the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau ordinance tonight.


West Lowndes student, deft at 'karate,' wins spelling bee

Posted 2/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Alexia Morton, the past two years in countywide spelling bees were practice rounds. Tuesday, she took home the top prize, as the winner of the 2011 Columbus-Lowndes County Spelling Bee.

Send-off celebrates Weeks' 20 years on Starkville school board

Public education supporters gathered Tuesday night to celebrate Bill Weeks, outgoing trustee who served 20 years on the board of the Starkville School District.

Students 'in shock' after deadly school bus accident

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

A tractor-trailer sideswiped a school bus then collided head-on with a second Tuesday, killing the trucker, a bus driver and a teacher and injuring at least 17 high school students along a rural highway bridge in northern Mississippi, authorities said.


Butch Brown ousted as MDOT director

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

Within moments of taking office Tuesday, a new Mississippi transportation commissioner voted with one his colleagues to give embattled agency director Larry "Butch" Brown an ultimatum: Resign by Wednesday or be fired.



Ala. senator says 'empty clip' remark not violent

Posted 2/9/2011 in State

An Alabama legislator who told a Republican audience it was time to "empty the clip" when addressing illegal immigration said Tuesday he wasn't advocating violence, but others found his remarks frightening and reckless after a deadly Arizona rampage.



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