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City exploring idea of allowing billboards

Posted 1/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although you might not know it by driving down Highway 45, there has been a ban on billboards in the city since 2000. A committee formed last month made up of three Columbus councilmen, chief operations officer David Armstrong and city attorney Jeff Turnage is reviewing the law and considering the possibility of lifting the ban to allow billboard advertising in the city limits and charge advertisers fees to generate more revenue.

Day of Service to take place this weekend

Posted 1/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fourth annual United Way Day of Service will be held this Saturday in Columbus. The day is being held in conjunction with Dream 365, a weeklong commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Health insurance signups: More older Americans so far

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under Obama's health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

Gunn: Teachers deserve salary increase

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn on Monday repeated his support for an across-the-board teacher pay raise this year. But the Republican said it will be weeks before lawmakers will know how much money is available to put into raises.


Sabbaticals may help military keep more women in ranks

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated.


NYC's Metropolitan museum shows off football trading cards

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Football at the Met. No, not Metlife Stadium where the Super Bowl will make history next month. The Met, as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.



Federal government runs Dec. surplus of $53.2B

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

The U.S. government ran a $53.2 billion surplus in December, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.



Supreme Court denies Killen second look

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a rehearing request from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.



Miss. death penalty case before high court

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court consideration of an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row has been delayed.


Nicholas selected as new SA head of school

Posted 1/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jeremy Nicholas, the current Park Place Christian Academy headmaster, will take over as Starkville Academy's new head of schools on July 7.


Partisans divided over Chris Christie scandal

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

Prominent Republicans leapt to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense on Sunday, insisting that an ongoing traffic scandal wouldn't ruin any presidential ambitions, while Democrats say it's difficult to believe such a hands-on manager knew nothing about a plan by a top aide to close lanes at a bridge into New York City.


Photo: The Wedding of Q and U

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy senior kindergarten students had a wedding ceremony to unite the letters "Q" and "U."

City asks for summary judgment in hiring discrimination suit

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year after a police officer filed a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the case is one step closer to going to trial.

City council to explore urban renewal

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most of the blighted and vacant property inside the Columbus city limits is in the core of the city, surrounding downtown. City planner Christina Berry has worked with a consultant through the past year to identify as many of those parcels as possible to develop an urban renewal district.

Dale names Richardson as her replacement at Boys & Girls Club

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Boys and Girl's Club has a new director -- and new momentum. Antwoin Richardson took over the reigns this month after former local club director Nadia Dale became the regional director for the Golden Triangle.

Possumhaw: Flu is nothing to sneeze about

Posted 1/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam looked pitiful, with sad eyes peering over the face mask. As soon as the doctor verified the flu diagnosis on went the mask.

Cold weather means early N.H. ice harvest

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

The tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground is off to a cold and early start.


Loss of jobless aid leaves many with bleak options

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

A cutoff of benefits for the long-term unemployed has left more than 1.3 million Americans with a stressful decision: What now? Without their unemployment checks, many will abandon what had been a futile search and will no longer look for a job -- an exodus that could dwarf the 347,000 Americans who stopped seeking work in December.



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