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Mayor says he'll veto plan to open Green Acres access road

Posted 9/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It wasn't the budget agenda item that packed the room during Tuesday's Starkville Board of Aldermen's meeting. Although the city held a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, most of the citizen comments were focused on another topic.

MSMS turns to public to boost funds, build endowment

Posted 9/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it's also facing a common problem among schools -- escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support.


Schools hope to engage parents with 'Volunteer Fair'

Posted 9/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As city school officials continue to seek ways to improve the district, they're reaching out to parents, hoping to increase parental involvement in the schools and deepen the community's investment in the district's missions.


Council gives bus service green light

Posted 9/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lawrence, Ind., and Columbus are approximately 500 miles apart. While Lawrence has twice the population of the Friendly City and is a suburb of the sprawling Indianapolis, the two cities will soon have something in common -- a mass transportation system from the same provider.

Harvard scholar: Papyrus shows reference to wife of Jesus

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identifies as Mary.


Alabama voters approve budget rescue

Posted 9/19/2012 in Area

Alabama voters decided by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday to avoid dramatic cuts in state government by withdrawing $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the General Fund budget for the next three years.


MUW's Gordy Forum to explore biological arms in Thursday talk

Posted 9/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The topic of biological arms races will take centerstage Thursday as the Mississippi University for Women Gordy Honors College Forum Series presents Dr. Paul Mack, on "Biological Arms Races: What You Don't Know Can Still Kill You."

Man arrested on drugs, weapon charges

Posted 9/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana more than one ounce and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


Texas town's rental ban to get second hearing

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

A Dallas suburb's long, expensive fight to ban illegal immigrants from renting homes will have perhaps its most important hearing before a largely conservative group of judges with the power to influence the national immigration debate.



Carter grandson arranged Romney video's release

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

Midway through a routine Internet search, James Carter IV stumbled upon a video that just didn't seem right.


Chicago students returning to class

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

Students prepared to return to class today after Chicago teachers voted to suspend their first strike in a quarter century, shutting 350,000 children out of school, disrupting the daily routines of thousands of families and making the city's schoolyards a flashpoint for union rights and public school reforms across the country.

France ups embassy security after prophet cartoons

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

France stepped up security at some of its embassies today after a satirical Parisian weekly published crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister said he would block a demonstration by people angry over a movie insulting to Islam as the country plunged into a fierce debate about free speech.

Secondhand clothes from West flood Nigeria markets

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

At Nigeria's Katangua Market, that castaway from the West means big money. Shipping container after shipping container arrive in the market in Lagos, filled to the brim with plastic-wrapped bales of secondhand clothes from the U.S. and elsewhere.

New MSU business incubator offers hope for economic recovery

Posted 9/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite heavy rain, the grand opening of the new business incubator at the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park drew a large, prominent crowd on Monday, filling the conference room nearly to capacity.


Supes defeat proposals on lake lease, OCH

Posted 9/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Though the available agenda for the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors' Monday night meeting was slim and procedural, citizens packed the county courthouse anyway.


CVB board addresses use of vehicle, reviews financials of two festivals

Posted 9/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of board members playing lawyer and reciting legalese, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Attorney Chris Latimer provided the board with an opinion of how executive director Nancy Carpenter can use a vehicle owned by the CVB during the board's monthly meeting on Monday.

University officials not discouraged by dip in enrollment

Posted 9/18/2012 in Area

First, the good news: More students than ever are flocking to Mississippi colleges. The bad news? Enrollment across the state remains relatively flat, with only three of Mississippi's eight public universities showing unduplicated headcount increases in preliminary fall figures, according to a report issued Monday by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

Showers don't deter Krispy Kreme patrons

Posted 9/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Early-morning showers didn't dampen the spirits of the crowds of people waiting for Krispy Kreme to open Tuesday morning. The line of cars stretched down Highway 45 as officers with the Columbus Police Department were on hand to regulate traffic flow.


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