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Contractor disputes city's version of 'Dump-Gate'

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dump-Gate saga continues. In what is, at best, a misunderstanding and, at worst, a flurry of lies, the controversy over whether or not the city allowed the county to use its landfill took another turn Tuesday.



Mississippi State gets plantation in alumnus' will

Posted 10/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Roughly 72 years after receiving his degree from then Mississippi State College, Willis Durden "Dan" McGeary exemplified his devotion by leaving a little something for his alma mater in his will.



Renasant Corp. profits rise as loans increase

Posted 10/17/2012 in State

Regional bank Renasant Corp. said profit in 2012's third quarter rose 8 percent from the same three months of 2011, as the bank set aside less to cover bad loans and made lower interest payments to savers.



Debate body language: A testy and tense exchange

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

Maybe it's a cliché to say the gloves came off in Tuesday's presidential debate. But then again, maybe not, since the candidates sometimes looked like they were actually about to start boxing.


One debate left; 2 alphas wage fight of their lives

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

Two alphas in the fight of their lives, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.


Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.



Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.


Texas landowners take a stand against Big Oil

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.

Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


After Clinton, Obama takes Benghazi responsibility

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama assumed responsibility Tuesday for the deadly terror attack in Libya last month that killed four Americans just hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to shoulder the blame for any mistakes the administration made.


Water ordeal may end in summer for county residents

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are times when James and Shirley Warren wonder why they traded the sunny climes of California for the Mississippi backroads. At least in California, they had reliable access to running water.

City disputes Sanders' claims over dumping access

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders' running feud with the city of Columbus introduced new allegations during Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, a dispute that could wind up costing county taxpayers $25,000 or more.

Attorney's fees draw scrutiny at CVB meeting

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bad blood between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees member Whirllie Byrd, who was once the treasurer of the CVB, and Executive Director Nancy Carpenter took a monetary turn during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.

Trainer takes over as Oktibbeha board president

Posted 10/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Marvel Howard announced Monday night that he would be relinquishing his role as board president, and then seconded a successful motion that appointed District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer to the position.

Aldermen may override mayor's Green Oaks veto tonight

Posted 10/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A decision will be made tonight at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting concerning the re-opening of an emergency access entrance into Green Oaks subdivision from Stark Road.


NAACP seeks 2013 elections for Miss. Legislature

Posted 10/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal judges to redraw the state House and Senate districts that were approved by the Justice Department last month. The group also wants the judges to set new legislative elections in 2013, two years ahead of the normal schedule.



Too big to maintain?

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

If in four weeks a president-elect Mitt Romney is seeking a Treasury secretary, he should look here, to Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.


Millions captivated by historic Mach 1 jump

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Felix Baumgartner stood alone at the edge of space, poised in the open doorway of a capsule suspended above Earth and wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.

Monday profile: Smith likes her 'thankless' job

Posted 10/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tameka Smith has become a familiar figure in downtown Columbus over the past year-and-a-half. Quick to smile, quick to say hello, the 33-year-old mother of three has come to know just about everybody who works, lives or shops downtown.


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