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Candidates focus on growth

Posted 4/30/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Grow the tax base responsibly? Absolutely. Explore options, including turn-key financial incentives, to attract major job creators? You bet. Support the city's 2 percent food and beverage tax's renewal? Definitely.



Lawyer: Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable

Posted 4/30/2013 in State

Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others are encouraged after speaking with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office about repairing or replacing the man's house after an intensive search left it uninhabitable.



Noose hung at mayoral candidate's office

Posted 4/30/2013 in State



Law sets standard for school absences

Posted 4/30/2013 in State



Smithville woman dies in Aberdeen crash

Posted 4/30/2013 in Area

A Smithville woman has died in an SUV crash, two years after her daughter was killed in a massive tornado that destroyed much of the tiny town.


Done deal! Officials sign deal to bring $1.2 billion project to Clay County

Posted 4/30/2013 in Area

After the ink was dry on the contract officials from Mississippi and Yokohama Rubber Company signed Monday, Golden Triangle Regional Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins wasted no time letting a packed house at the Ritz Theater and Conference Center know what needed to happen during construction of the tire manufacturer's newest plant.

Cracker Barrel coming to Columbus

Posted 4/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local residents and ardent road-trippers will soon have another option on the menu: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant, a mainstay of the national food chain, is expected to locate in Columbus early next year.

Taking it to the limit: Columbus firefighters rely on each other to survive training ordeal

Posted 4/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As recently as two weeks ago, Will McReynolds and Steve Logan didn't know the limit of what they could endure. Now, they do.


FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

Posted 4/30/2013 in National

Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.



Police: Church stabbing sparked by 'Mason' fear

Posted 4/30/2013 in National



NBA player Jason Collins breaks barrier

Posted 4/30/2013 in National


State, Yokohama leaders make partnership official

Posted 4/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A host of Mississippi and Yokohama Rubber Company officials gathered at the Ritz Conference Center earlier today to announce the company's plans to construct a new manufacturing plant on the Prairie Belt Powersite in Clay County and officially sign a memorandum of understanding.

Monday profile: Williford 'taking a break' after 40 years in education

Posted 4/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bob Williford has been reaching students for 40 years, but as he enters his last month in the education system, he says he view his departure more as taking a break than walking away.

Local child abuse group hosts 'Wear Blue' day

Posted 4/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventeen Mississippi children died in 2012 as a result of child abuse. Those 17 were among 7,968 children who were abused in Mississippi last year.

Supes seek grant for firefighters

Posted 4/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will consider a request from District 3 volunteer firefighters to apply for an assistance to firefighters grant when they meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse.


In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

Posted 4/29/2013 in National

America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.



Numerous candidates pass on tonight's aldermen forum

Posted 4/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Seven Starkville aldermen candidates will make their respective platform pitches and discuss various city issues tonight during a 6:30 p.m. public forum at the Greensboro Center.



Two sought in campus armed robbery

Posted 4/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local authorities are still searching for two persons of interest after a Saturday night armed robbery at Mississippi State University.


Hearing for man in suspicious letters case

Posted 4/29/2013 in State

A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.


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