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Smith announces run for third term as Columbus mayor

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2013 Columbus municipal election season has begun, with mayor Robert Smith announcing his plans to seek a third term in office. Smith, a Democrat, made his announcement during a press conference at City Hall Monday morning.


Caledonia considers full-time park director

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started out as a relaxing hobby, a way to unwind from the day's pressures while serving the community. But 15 years later, Caledonia Town Alderman Mike Savage is hoping someone else will take over the management and upkeep of Ola J. Pickett Park.



Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Starkville forms community development department

Posted 12/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite reservations by some Starkville aldermen, the board approved a motion to restructure the building, codes and planning department, combining it with the engineering department and hiring a director to oversee operations.

Farm to Table dinner emphasizes growing 'locavore' movement

Posted 12/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During the peak hours of the Farm to Table dinner Saturday night, it was hard to move, but no one seemed to care.

Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.


Five dead in Calif. Indian reservation shootings

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- The church bell that rings out to announce the deaths of tribal members on the Tule River Indian Reservation tolled repeatedly after a man went on a shooting rampage that left a daughter, his mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect also died in a shootout with police.



Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.


Controversial method could lead to oil drilling in Caledonia

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia has long enjoyed the financial benefits of sitting atop a natural gas field, and now, the hunt is on for black gold -- oil, that is.


Blue Christmas: For many, the holidays trigger depression

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Judy was a successful business owner, mother and wife at the beginning of 1994. Her life was as close to perfect as it could get. But then, without warning, she was struck with a debilitating disease just as she was at the top of her game, both personally and professionally.


Museum's new roof designed to help community 'think green'

Posted 12/8/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The finishing touches are being put on a new pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum.

Lile sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after she pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly a half-million dollars from her employer.

Death row inmate continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 12/8/2012 in State

A death row inmate convicted of killing two university students in 1992 is continuing his quest to convince a court he deserves a new trial.


USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says.



Crist ponders run as a Dem; GOP says bring it on

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida's political world expects him to seek his old seat.


To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple.


Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression.



$2 billion price tag for presidential election

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday.



China's new leader campaigns to cut pomp

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

New communist leader Xi Jinping is on a mission to soften the image of Chinese officialdom, winning kudos for his breezy personal style and ordering leaders to take a knife to the pomp, formality and waste that have alienated many among the public.



Capitalism and socialism wed as words of the year

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012.



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