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Merchants wary of shoplifters during holiday shopping season

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As shoppers file into stores, anxiously searching for that perfect Christmas gift, retailers are taking steps to protect themselves from another kind of shopper -- shoplifters.


Groups prep for holiday giving

Posted 11/30/2012 in Area

The holiday season can be a time of joy and wonder, but for many, it can also be a time of despair and frustration for those in need of toys for their children, clothes, food and even shelter. To make their holidays a bit brighter, many Lowndes County residents are joining together to volunteer and give back to the community.



School board accepts grant for dropout program

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial grant, intended to fund the city school district's dropout prevention program, was accepted by the board Thursday morning in a sometimes contentious three-hour special meeting.



Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."



French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

In a surprise ruling in one of the most high-profile disasters in aviation history, a French appeals court Thursday overturned manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.



UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and they have no unified army or police.



High school students arrested for car burglaries

Posted 11/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two high school students have been arrested in connection to the recent string of auto burglaries in Oktibbeha County.



Sen. Turner's funeral set for Monday in West Point

Posted 11/30/2012 in Area

The funeral for state Sen. Bennie Turner is scheduled for Monday in his hometown of West Point.



Bryant: Teens don't care about using contraception

Posted 11/30/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said this week that he believes most teenagers know how to obtain and use contraception, but too many are failing to do so.


Hostess ready for its big bake sale

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

The future of Twinkies is virtually assured.

Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster -- by counting its rings, like a tree.

Georgia native Nicholson chosen as Main Street director

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a new director. Atlanta native Nickie Nicholson will begin work as director on Dec. 10, replacing Amber Brislin. The Main Street board announced Nicholson's hiring on Wednesday via a press release.

City ponders fate of rapidly shrinking landfill

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus will soon have to a face decision regarding the dumping of waste in its landfill. A recent study by Neel-Schaffer Engineering shows the landfill will run out of space within three years.


Board selections complete first stage in new Link

Posted 11/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's official. The former Columbus-Lowndes Development Link is now the Golden Triangle Development Link after Wednesday's board vote approving the new board members for the organization.


Teen convicted of rape of half-sister sentenced to 10 years

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teen will spend 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday to raping his half-sister.

Two women charged in Columbus meth lab bust

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two women over the weekend.


Miss. abortion clinic again seeks to block law

Posted 11/29/2012 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi's only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that threatens to eventually close the facility, though a closing is not expected any time soon.



Oktibbeha Co. suffers rash of auto burglaries

Posted 11/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating those responsible for a rash of auto burglaries.


Murder suspect to be charged in shooting incident

Posted 11/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge is a suspect in a shooting that left one man injured in a Starkville trailer park Tuesday night.


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