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Maynard gets head-start on alderman job

Posted 3/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Incoming Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard is going door-to-door in his ward this campaign season. He's not glad-handing for votes. Instead, he is getting to know his constituents and make sure he understands his ward's needs.

Jobless rates continue uptick in Golden Triangle, state

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

New unemployment data shows the Golden Triangle continuing to lag behind the state's unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, but officials with the Mississippi Department of Employment Services say its hard to put a lot of faith in January numbers.

Woman found guilty in sexual battery case involving two minors

Posted 3/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christy McGough was found guilty Thursday of checking two juvenile boys out of New Hope High School without permission in 2011 and engaging in sexual acts with them on multiple occasions.


Work continues on Kerr-McGee rehabilitation

Posted 3/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A decade has passed since the Kerr-McGee chemical plant on 14th Avenue was shut down and sealed off from the public, but residents say the toxic after-effects linger, endangering the health of approximately 3,500 people who call this East Columbus neighborhood their home.


Latin America sees change under region's first pope

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World's first pope.


House OKs bill for appointed superintendents

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

The Mississippi House changed its mind Wednesday and advanced a bill that could lead to more appointed, rather than elected, school superintendents.


Meth lab discovered in New Hope

Posted 3/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A drug raid in New Hope Friday led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and the arrest of a New Hope woman.


Nissan recalls 5 models for air bag problem

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 models in the U.S. because a faulty sensor can permanently turn off the front-seat passenger air bag.



Bryant's staff urged Public Safety to stall

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's staff suggested that the Department of Public Safety should delay fulfilling requests for gun permit records until a law could be enacted to shield them from public scrutiny, emails obtained by The Associated Press show.


Gregory: Restaurant Week may spur future culinary tourism

Posted 3/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Restaurant Week organizers say they hope the inaugural event will put the city on the map as a culinary destination. Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO, confirmed Wednesday 32 restaurants will participate in the city's inaugural Restaurant Week. The event begins Monday.


Seven firms in hunt for Mill parking contract

Posted 3/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Seven entities have expressed interest in handling the architectural development of an $8 million Starkville parking facility tied to The Mill project, while two firms are vying for the project's construction manager title, an email obtained by the Dispatch states.



Brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade?

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient.



Miss. House passes bill banning welfare waivers

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Renewing a political fight from last year's presidential campaign, House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that would prevent the Obama administration from waiving work requirements in the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.



Dow notches ninth gain in a row, longest since '96

Posted 3/14/2013 in National



Sharp drop in homes lost to foreclosure in February

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes.



Adams Co. gets funds for work at KiOR site

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Adams County has received $3.9 million in grants from the state for work on a levee and new water system on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility.



Building permits 3-14-13

Posted 3/14/2013 in Business


Census: Record 1 in 3 U.S. counties are now dying

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

A record number of U.S. counties -- more than 1 in 3 -- are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

Fla. charity probe focuses on campaign money

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

The next phase of an investigation into a veterans charity accused of being a front for a $300 million gambling operation will focus on the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on lobbying and campaigns donations, authorities said.


Woman, 106, finally gets high school diploma

Posted 3/14/2013 in National



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