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FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.


Columbus School District turns down $75,000 grant

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Uncertainty about donation from ministry may have influenced board members to reject money.

Council to take closer look at bus deal

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Discussions between an Indiana bus company and the Columbus City Council are expected to continue Tuesday night.

Crisis averted: Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Twinkie lovers, relax. The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.


Phone scam targets 4-County customers

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

4-County Electric Power Association is urging its members to beware of a telephone scam.


Jindal: Liking people is key to expanding GOP tent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.


Charlie Mitchell: Making sense of charter schools

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

It's hard to know what workaday people envision when the notion of "charter schools" is floated, usually as an all-purpose cure for whatever ails public education.


Battle over Nativity scene goes to court

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.


AP Analysis: Miss. Civil Rights Museum hires manager

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

The newly hired project manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum says she wants the museum to tell stories of everyday people who helped shatter barriers of segregation.



EPA turns down requests for ethanol waiver

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.


Wilder to plead guilty on murder charge

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is expected to plead guilty to capital murder today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.


One worker still missing after Gulf oil rig fire

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.



Stamps to increase one cent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The cost of mailing a first-class letter will go up by a penny in January.


Aldermen to vote on GTRD Link funding

Posted 11/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will vote Tuesday night on the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority's 2013 budget, which includes the final $100,000 for the first year of a three-year contract with the Golden Triangle Regional Development Link.

West Lowndes fights to recover from disheartening state review

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The criticism was swift and biting -- so much so that several attendees of the Lowndes County School Board meeting last week said they inwardly cringed as consultants ripped West Lowndes High School to shreds.

CVB to vote on first round of festival funding

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Event organizers seeking grants for festivals taking place January through July of next year will present their proposals Monday to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Trustees. The new model is part of an overhaul of the board's festival grant guidelines.

Bicycle accident on Main

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Emergency personnel tend Jacques Mullen, 29, who was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle Friday afternoon on Main Street.

Smith sentenced to five years for parole violation

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, appeared Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court for a bond revocation hearing. Smith was recently indicted in federal court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. As a result of that charge, his bond from his 2008 robbery conviction was revoked. 

Is giant reed a 'miracle plant' or the next kudzu?

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established.

Search ends for 2 after oil rig fire

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.


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