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Council declares two structures menaces

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday declared two city properties menaces, re-appointed Board of Adjustment and Appeals of Development Codes board member Mickey Brislin to another three-year term and tabled a request for a sprinkler-system variance from developer Chris Chain for one of his downtown mixed-use properties.



Democrats win big in state mayoral races

Posted 6/5/2013 in State


It's Smith in a landslide: Incumbent mayor, Mickens easily outdistance election challengers

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only a little more than 30 percent of voters in Columbus participated in Tuesday's general municipal election, but those who did spoke clearly in favor of incumbent Mayor Robert Smith. Smith, a Democrat, won a second full term in office by a landslide -- 69.4 percent of the vote -- over Republican challenger Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.

Lawrence returns as Caledonia mayor

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia has a new mayor. In fact, it has an old one, too. The unofficial tally indicates Bill Lawrence defeated Susan Bell, 239 to 92.

Quack attack! Habitat's Duck race set for Saturday

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second annual Tombigbee Duck Race will take place this Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. Thousands are expected to turn out for the event in hopes of having a "million-dollar duck" cross the finish line first.

Bryant: U.S. education declined with working moms

Posted 6/5/2013 in State

Mississippi's governor said Tuesday that the quality of education in the U.S. began declining when mothers started working outside the home, though he added later that he was not trying to blame working women for education problems.

Wiseman beats back GOP challenge

Incumbent Parker Wiseman earned a second term as Starkville's mayor Tuesday, defeating GOP challenger Dan Moreland by an unofficial 2,299 to 1,817 vote count.


Moore chosen as city prosecutor

Local attorney Caroline Moore has been appointed the new City Prosecutor for the City of Starkville. Moore will be taking the reigns from Roy Carpenter Jr., who served as both the city and county prosecutor for more than 25 years.



Mississippians taking supplies to Okla.

Posted 6/5/2013 in State


ACLU study: Pot arrests more likely for blacks

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

Black people are arrested for possessing marijuana at a higher rate than white people, even though marijuana use by both races is about the same, the American Civil Liberties Union reports in a new study.


Wikileaks trial takes on cloak and dagger feel

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified documents has been all about secrecy and security, and his trial has taken on a cloak and dagger feel, too.


House panel to address sexual assaults

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

Lawmakers outraged by sexual assaults in the military are moving swiftly to address the problem, tackling legislation that would strip commanders of their authority to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.


Caledonia moves close to water rate increase

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia is one step closer to securing a rate increase for the town's water service. During Tuesday night's board meeting, Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman informed the board of alderman that the county had two remaining steps before the increase goes into effect.



Deadly Okla. tornado widest on record, rare EF5

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

The deadly tornado that plowed through an area near Oklahoma City last week was even larger and more powerful than previously estimated -- a record 2.6 miles wide with winds that reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured.


Fort Hood shooting suspect says he was protecting the Taliban

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

An Army psychiatrist charged with gunning down Fort Hood soldiers said Tuesday his defense would show that he was compelled to do so because deploying U.S. troops posed an imminent danger to Taliban fighters.


Chrysler refuses recall request

Posted 6/5/2013 in National


Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man's basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.


New Zealand driver, 105: 'I don't think I'm old'

Posted 6/5/2013 in National



Studio to comb N.M. landfill for Atari games

Posted 6/5/2013 in National

A New Mexico city commission agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search a landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried.



Smith rolls to victory in mayoral race; Mickens wins Ward 2

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith handily defeated challengers Glenn Lautzenhiser and Bo Jarrett to ensure his second full term in Tuesday's general municipal election.



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