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Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems."



Tears, applause for pope at last public Mass

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

With a humble "Grazie" as bishops doffed their mitres and applause echoed through St. Peter's Basilica, a frail Pope Benedict XVI began his long farewell by presiding over Ash Wednesday services in a tearful, final public Mass.


Colom trial ends in another hung jury

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in five years, the trial of a Columbus man ended in a hung jury. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, on trial in Lowndes County Municipal Court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, was free Wednesday after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Be mine! Browns celebrate 67th anniversary on Valentine's Day

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are easy in the spaces between words, no need to rush, no rush to be. They have -- have had -- a lifetime together. And it turned out fine, Willie Brown says, gazing at his wife, Hazel. It turned out fine.

Questions remain as school merger bill moves forward

Posted 2/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that calls for the consolidation of the Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District.


American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline.



Three candidates vie for community developer position

Posted 2/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen could hire a new community developer Tuesday during their recess meeting, Mayor Parker Wiseman says.



Marriages and divorces 2-14-13

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business



Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.


Grant helps city improve siren network

Posted 2/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency and Starkville officials secured a grant which will fund the installation of five emergency sirens in the city.


President signs Mississippi disaster declaration

Posted 2/14/2013 in State

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state.



House passes Oktibbeha-Starkville school consolidation bill

Posted 2/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi House passed a bill that would consolidate the Oktibbeha County and Starkville School Districts. The measure now goes to the Senate for approval.


City, County consider school merger: Holloway says residents should speak out

Posted 2/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees may not be able to take any action in regards to mandatory consolidation bill, but at their Tuesday night meeting, SSD officials and trustees urged stakeholders to voice their concerns to representatives in Jackson.

Oktibbeha Supervisors want more input on merger

Posted 2/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors will present a list of residents' concerns over a potential school consolidation to state lawmakers today, but the clock is ticking as far as how much input county residents will have in the legislative process.


SSD board approves use-of-force policy changes

Posted 2/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In a unanimous decision, the Starkville School District Board of Trustees passed the first reading of recommended changes to its use-of-force policy, giving officers on campus the right to use deadly force, if necessary.


CVB, festival organizers remain at impasse

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The debate over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grant guidelines continued Tuesday with a special meeting with festival organizers. But the only decision to come out of the meeting was to schedule yet another meeting.

Colom trial begins with officers' testimony

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man from a prominent Columbus family is underway in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After a motion hearing Tuesday morning Judge Jim Kitchens moved that Colom be tried as a habitual offender.

Insurance Commission spokesman lays blame on Governor

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although state insurance commissioner Mike Chaney was unable to attend a Tuesday meeting with the Columbus Rotary Club, his proxy, former Commercial Dispatch editor and current insurance department spokesperson, Joseph Ammerman had some harsh words for Gov. Phil Bryant for his role in the federal government's decision to reject Chaney's state-run health insurance exchange.


Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class.



Matthews says church wants to buy, not lease Lee Middle School

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kingdom Vision International pastor R.J. Matthews said Tuesday that his church wants to purchase the vacant Lee Middle School property rather than lease it.



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