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City workers scramble to fill potholes

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The rain may finally have ended, but its costly residue remains. After seven consecutive days of precipitation, the roadways have taken a major hit, in the form of potholes.


Weather-related accidents soar during winter storm

Posted 1/18/2013 in Area

Thursday was a great day on the roads -- if you owned a tow truck operation. Otherwise, the nasty winter weather wreaked havoc on roads throughout the area.



State fares well in 16th Section land-use ratings

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

New findings by researchers at Utah State University show that Mississippi has lost nearly 25 percent of its school trust land, commonly known as 16th Section land. But schools in the state still earned a healthy $71 million in land trust revenue in Fiscal Year 2011.



Community Market seeks board members

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for board member positions for the Starkville Community Market are now available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.



Overstreet School hosts 'active shooter' drills

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

School resource officers from throughout north Mississippi will converge at Overstreet School in Starkville on Saturday for an active shooter drill.



Colo. theater reopens, months after mass shooting

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

One survivor had to pause on his way into the theater and pray. Another braced for flashbacks as he entered the auditorium where 12 people died and dozens were injured during a massacre six months earlier. Others refused to come, viewing the reopening of the multiplex as insensitive.



House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.



Report: Miss. school discipline too hard on kids

Posted 1/18/2013 in State

Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions, policies that disproportionally affect minorities.



Miss. Senate approves expanded charter school bill

Posted 1/17/2013 in State

A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill 2189 was introduced and passed by the Senate Education Committee.


Snowstorm descends on Golden Triangle

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since January 2011, Lowndes County residents awoke to find significant snow accumulations, triggering school and business closings and causing multiple vehicle accidents throughout the Golden Triangle. Government offices remained open for the most part, although municipal court was canceled.


MUW offers nursing doctorate

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has long been an asset in the college recruitment game, and now, they have another tool in their arsenal -- a doctorate.


Severstal partners with MSU for research lab

Posted 1/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steel manufacturer Severstal North America has partnered with Mississippi State to install a laboratory on campus for steel alloy research.


Marriages and divorces 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business



Gibbs to run for father's House seat

Posted 1/17/2013 in Area

One day after Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner Lairy was elected to fill the 16th District Senate seat left open by the death of her father, the late Sen. Bennie Turner, another Clay County resident is hoping he, too, can continue a family legacy.



CMSD selects two Project 2020 e-centers

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snowy weather closed the city schools this morning, but a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees continued as planned.


Prude's status on school board up in the air

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a decade, Tommy Prude has been a fixture of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees. As current board president, he is both the man who presents achievement certificates to shyly grinning school children and the one who holds the power to open discussion -- or silence it.


Morning wreck causes death

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in Lowndes County.


Business brief: Matthews Named Loan Officer

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Matt Matthews has been named the commercial loan officer by Cadence Bank for its Starkville Banking Center, where he is responsible for overseeing and managing commercial banking relationships in the Starkville market.

Business brief: Kidder Paraoptometric of the Year

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Kimberly Kidder of Curtis Optometry in Columbus has been named Paraoptometric of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association.


Building permits 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business



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