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Fake Twitter followers newest accusation in politics

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.


Murder suspect released

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder. Curtis Hinton, 47, 2523 5th Ave. N in Columbus, turned himself in to the police on Thursday, July 5 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in June for his alleged involvement in the cold case murder of George Wilbanks. Hinton was arraigned on a capital murder charge and his bond was set at $2 million.


MSU's tail-gating gets nod from Southern Living

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

All things Mississippi State University are looking better than they have in years. Enrollment is steadily increasing, donations are higher than ever and a $75 million stadium expansion project was announced Wednesday.



OCSO seeks accreditation

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is in the process of attaining accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a move it says will mean a better department for its citizens.


MSU stadium expansion will add more than 6,000 seats

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

All the way up to the day of the announcement, Mississippi State University officials had been reticent on the subject of its Davis Wade Stadium renovation project.

Port Authority eyes land acquisition as business booms

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On any given day, 30-ton steel coils from Severstal -- as many as 50 at a time -- are brought in by rail and loaded onto barges bound for Texas and Mexico. At Kinder Morgan, an automated crane lifts an annual average of 500,000 tons of scrap metal onto barges for transport. Logistics Services recently renewed a 10-year lease with the Port Authority.


Personnel costs put Columbus over budget

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a shortfall of roughly $1.6 million, the Columbus City Council is now faced with the difficult task of balancing the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.


Brooks outlines fire committee's role for supes

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks Wednesday informed the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors of issues a committee will examine when conducting a comprehensive assessment of Lowndes County volunteer fire services.

Officials: Man criticized group before DC shooting

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A Virginia man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.

GOP's Palazzo opposes expansion of Miss. Medicaid

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul.


Mississippi sees fewer deaths from drunken driving

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Mississippi no longer ranks among the top 10 states for deaths caused by drunk drivers, officials say.


Partial funding moves Phillips to open schools in Tenn.

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Del Phillips has had his hands full since leaving the Columbus Municipal School District last May to accept a position as director of Sumner County Schools in Gallatin, Tenn.


KiOR fuel expected in cars and trucks this year

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Operations will start next month at Columbus' KiOR renewable fuels plant.



County voter registration cards in mail this week

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some Lowndes County voters soon will be receiving new voter registration cards in the mail. Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar said her office began mailing the new cards Wednesday. The cards are being mailed to voters affected by the 2011 redistricting in the county.


MCSO bust meth lab operating near church, school

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A meth bust in Monroe County has landed one man behind bars. According to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell, deputies raided an active meth lab Wednesday morning. The lab was located approximately 25 feet from Hamilton High School. The lab was also located across the street from a church.


Business brief: Leslie Thomas Peel

Posted 8/16/2012 in Business

Leslie Thomas Peel has assumed the position of Community Volunteer Center Coordinator for The United Way of Lowndes County.


Business brief: Smith elected to MMSA

Posted 8/16/2012 in Business

Mayor Robert E. Smith, Sr., was recently elected to the board of The Mississippi Main Street Association.


Business brief: Krispy Kreme opening

Posted 8/16/2012 in Business

At 6 a.m. on Sept.18, the "Hot Light" will shine at the Grand Opening of Krispy Kreme Columbus.



Business brief: Stokes joins BMG

Posted 8/16/2012 in Business

Baptist Medical Group-Columbus Cardiovascular Care and BMG physicians Dr. Michael J. Boland and Dr. John J. King welcome invasive cardiology specialist Dr. Donny R. Stokes.



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