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Gibbs to run for father's House seat

Posted 1/17/2013 in Area

One day after Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner Lairy was elected to fill the 16th District Senate seat left open by the death of her father, the late Sen. Bennie Turner, another Clay County resident is hoping he, too, can continue a family legacy.



CMSD selects two Project 2020 e-centers

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snowy weather closed the city schools this morning, but a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees continued as planned.


Prude's status on school board up in the air

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a decade, Tommy Prude has been a fixture of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees. As current board president, he is both the man who presents achievement certificates to shyly grinning school children and the one who holds the power to open discussion -- or silence it.


Morning wreck causes death

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in Lowndes County.


Business brief: Matthews Named Loan Officer

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Matt Matthews has been named the commercial loan officer by Cadence Bank for its Starkville Banking Center, where he is responsible for overseeing and managing commercial banking relationships in the Starkville market.

Business brief: Kidder Paraoptometric of the Year

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Kimberly Kidder of Curtis Optometry in Columbus has been named Paraoptometric of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association.


Building permits 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business


Germany to bring home gold stored in US

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

In what sounds like the setup for a stylish Hollywood heist movie, Germany is transferring nearly 700 tons of gold bars worth $36 billion from Paris and New York to its vaults in Frankfurt.


Change in air for NWS' blizzard of winter weather terms

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory?



Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dead at 89

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.


BREAKING: Area schools closed due to winter conditions

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area schools began issuing altered and canceled schedules around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning in response to snow throughout the area. This story will be updated with schedules as we receive them.


Council votes for vertical landfill

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than six weeks of discussion and committee meetings, the Columbus City Council is ready to make a move regarding the future of its landfill.


Lairy wins bid for father's Senate seat

Posted 1/16/2013 in Area

Voters in the 16th Senate District decided to keep it in the family Tuesday. Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner Lairy defeated Kenny Fowler in a landslide sweep to fill the seat vacated by father, Sen. Bennie Turner, who died in November.

EPA backs off report on fracking incident

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun "bubbling" like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.


Facebook unveils social search feature

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature that's designed to entice people to spend more time on his company's website and will put the world's largest online social network more squarely in competition with Google and other rivals such as Yelp and LinkedIn.


AP-GfK poll: 6 in 10 favor stricter gun laws

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.


Lance Armstrong may not be done confessing

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

His interview with Oprah Winfrey hasn't aired yet, but already some people want to hear more -- under oath -- before Armstrong is allowed to compete in elite triathlons, a sport he returned to after retiring from cycling in 2011.



Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children. Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004.



ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.



Lowndes County cancels cleaning contract

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with Robinson Janitorial.



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