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US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in Sept.

Posted 10/11/2012 in National

U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.


Starkville's robotics team makes name for itself

Posted 10/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In only its second year, the Starkville High School BEST robotics team has attracted more than 40 students who commit their after-school time to designing, marketing and programming a practical robot, all in a span of six weeks.

CPD Christmas charity drive focuses on needs

Posted 10/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

No child should be without a gift to open on Christmas morning. No parent should have to look that child in the eyes and try to explain why Santa visits some houses but not others. Winter coats, gloves, shoes and socks should not be luxuries.

Arrest report 10-10-12

Posted 10/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.


Three arrested on fraud, drug charges

Posted 10/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit arrested three people on Monday on prescription fraud and drug-related charges in two separate incidents.



Salter named head of university relations at Mississippi State

Posted 10/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sidney Salter, current journalist-in-residence at Mississippi State University, will soon begin shifting his focus to his new role as MSU's director of university relations, but he plans to remain at his current post until the completion of several ongoing projects.


Feds: Man at LA airport had weapons, smoke grenade

Posted 10/10/2012 in National

A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

House speaker Gunn's tour draws overflow crowd in Columbus

Posted 10/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was standing room only Tuesday as citizens crowded into the upstairs courtroom at City Hall to voice their concerns, opinions and ideas to Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

Injured cyclist says court ruling should be warning to motorists

Posted 10/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Clay County Circuit Court judge has ordered Robbie Norton to reimburse Metropolitan Casualty $220,080 for expenses incurred from a May 2011 collision that nearly resulted in a Starkville woman's death.


Murder trial continued for 8th time

Posted 10/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trial of a Sturgis man charged with capitol murder has been continued for the eighth time.


New wing commander asserts 'quiet leadership' at CAFB

Posted 10/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Col. Jim Sears, who replaced former wing commander Col. Barre Seguin in June, spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday, taking the opportunity to introduce Rotarians to both his leadership style and his vision for the base.

Area arrests 10-9-12

Posted 10/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.

Local employment numbers up over last year

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Services (MDES) shows unemployment rates fell in August in every county. But the more telling data is comparing August unemployment numbers to those of the previous August.

Local restaurants continue to weather economic storm

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Last week, USA Today reported that 21,000 jobs are created each month in the restaurant business, one of the few fields that seems to have continually defied the economic woes that have slowed job growth across the U.S. Locally, the economic impact of the restaurant industry seems to mirror that national trend.

Wicker leads Romney cheers at GOP dinner

Posted 10/9/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sen. Roger Wicker said he was in the peanut butter and jelly aisle of a supermarket the day after Thanksgiving in 2007 when he got the call from Trent Lott who told Wicker he would be stepping down from his seat in the Senate.


Friends: Ala. student's behavior out of character before shooting

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Gil Collar was a guy everybody wanted to be around in high school, friends said: The girls liked his good looks, even his opponents on the wrestling mat became buddies, and adults knew him as courteous and kind.


Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence -- in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.


EPA to Jackson: Stop dumping sewage in Pearl River

Posted 10/8/2012 in State

The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage -- enough to fill four NFL stadiums -- into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says.


Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

A British researcher and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that ordinary cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells, which then can turn into any kind of tissue -- a discovery that may led to new treatments.

Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. Monday's tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13-foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up.


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