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Six candidates bid for sanitation director post

Posted 8/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Six hopeful candidates stated their cases for the position of director of the sanitation and environmental services during Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Lowndes officials busy with budget preparations

Posted 8/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The budgeting process for Lowndes County is underway, with the Board of Supervisors scheduled to adopt a new budget Sept. 14.



2nd agency cuts Mississippi Power's credit rating

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Lower credit ratings may be causing Mississippi Power Co. to pay more to borrow money. Moody's Investors Service became the second credit rating agency to downgrade Mississippi Power last week, days before the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. returned to the bond market to borrow $200 million.


Textbook wars: Students have more options than ever

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

It would be far from outlandish to think Barnes and Noble has a near monopoly on textbooks in the Golden Triangle. As the official textbook provider for Mississippi State University, the major bookstore chain likely does business with more than 50 percent of MSU's enrollment.

Geuder leaves State for post at University for Women

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

For many years, Maridith Geuder's mother held a cherished dream -- she wanted young Maridith to study piano at Mississippi University for Women. But Geuder had her own dreams.


Teachers get 'debit cards' for school supplies

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards.



Local conservatives like Ryan as VP pick

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

Mitt Romney's announcement of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his GOP vice-presidential running mate may have caught some political pundits off-guard. But Ryan's selection is being celebrated among conservatives.



Alabama ranks 4th on new obesity list

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

A new study ranked Alabama as the nation's fourth-fattest state, and health officials said Monday they have yet to see evidence that programs encouraging residents to slim down are doing much to combat poor diets and a lack of exercise at the heart of the problem.



Mississippi again ranks worst in obesity

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

State leaders are counseling patience as they strive to reduce the share of obese Mississippians. Rankings released Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst in the nation. Mississippi also topped the list in each of the previous six years.



Stolen goods recovered from pawn shop

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus pawn shop was an unwitting participant in a sale of stolen goods, according to Columbus Police Department Public Information Officer Glenda Buckhalter.


Caledonia pre-K program draws rave reviews

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday dawned dark and dreary, but Caledonia Elementary School's new pre-kindergarten class was awash in primary colors and big grins from the four-year-olds, who have no idea they're making history.


Columbus schools finish year with surplus

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Columbus Municipal School District is ending its fiscal year in the black.


Hotel Haven: Developer gets approval for third hotel

Posted 8/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to Columbus will soon have another option for overnight lodging as a national chain is once again coming to the Friendly City.

Starkville nutrition store owner helps clients find their 'want to'

Posted 8/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you had asked Chris Williams where he thought he would be at 23 years old, he probably would have told you he would be in law school or working in the political arena. Instead, the former football player turned entrepreneur has opened his own nutritional shop in Starkville.


An app for that: Starkville Electric will offer new way to pay bills

Posted 8/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Next month, the Starkville Electric Department hopes to unveil a more convenient way for customers to pay their bills.


Ryan's Medicare plan hard to pull off

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul.


Looming spending cuts hit more than defense

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more.


House sues Holder over 'Fast and Furious' records

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The Republican-run House on Monday asked a federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that he produce records on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.


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