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This year's flu vaccine guards against new strains

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

Time to get your flu vaccine -- and a surprising new report shows babies and toddlers seem to be getting protected better than the rest of us.


Police: Minn. office shooter among 'several' dead

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company Thursday was among "several" people found dead inside the building, according to police officials who won't specify how many people were killed.



Takeover imminent for Oktibbeha County schools

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously today to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency in the Oktibbeha County School District. Once Bryant signs the paperwork, as he is expected to do, the district will be taken over by the state department of education, and Superintendent James Covington and all school board members will be removed and replaced with a state-appointed conservator, who could be in place as early as Monday.


Experts doubt pork shortage, but say prices could soar

Posted 9/27/2012 in Area

A statement from Britain's National Pig Association sent pork lovers reeling Tuesday. In the report, British hog farmers claim the world will be facing a shortage of pork, particularly bacon, in 2013. But some local experts say the shortage statement is somewhat misleading.

Castleberry takes over as CottonMill developer

Posted 9/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The seemingly endless saga of CottonMill Marketplace may go on a little longer now that a new developer has been hired, replacing one that had worked on the stalled project for more than four years.


Columbus man drowns after auto accident

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man drowned early this morning after his car ran off the road and into a water-filled gravel pit on Highway 45 in Monroe County.



NFL refs back on job

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.



'Moon River' crooner Andy Williams dies at 84

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

or the older -- OK, squarer -- side of the generation gap, Andy Williams was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials.



Army 'stand down' focuses day on suicide training

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

Army soldiers have been ordered to put aside their usual duties and spend Thursday on suicide prevention training.



Building permits 9-27-12

Posted 9/27/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 9-27-12

Posted 9/27/2012 in Business



Bizarre case may lead to custom cancer care

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.



Police chief resigns, NM force has gone to the dog

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force -- a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.


Prof: Context key to 50-year integration events

Posted 9/27/2012 in State

Is the University of Mississippi putting a glossy sheen on its commemoration of 50 years of integration?


Mayor's vote breaks budget impasse

Posted 9/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman had to cast a tie-breaking vote to approve the 2012-13 fiscal budget at the Starkville Board of Alderman recess meeting on Wednesday.


Brislin resigns Main St. Columbus post

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After five years of being the lead advocate for downtown Columbus, Main Street Columbus Executive Director Amber Brislin announced Tuesday she will be resigning from the organization. The date of her official resignation is undetermined as Brislin said she plans to stay on board with Main Street to help find and train her replacement.

Link magazine receives top honor

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus-based magazine has received the top honor at a state-sponsored tourism conference. "Columbus: Discover a New World" was named the Top Travel Media-Consumer Magazine Tuesday during the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Jackson.

Columbus program tackles dropout 'epidemic'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's dropout prevention program kicks off Oct. 15, city school superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at the Columbus Country Club.


Seventh Avenue festival will feature plenty of 'Zapp'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

K-Ci and JoJo, Dru Hill and Bobby "Blue" Bland are just a few of the A-list entertainers who have performed on the stage on the corner of Seventh Avenue North and 15th Street in Columbus in past years. And organizers of this year's Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival promise this year's event, which starts Oct. 4, will be one of the best the city has seen.


Colsons' farm has become a rite of Fall

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a typical late September evening in Caledonia -- just cool enough to herald the advent of autumn, just warm enough to encourage the mosquitoes to linger, plying their sanguinary trade for a few more weeks.


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