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Students to host Twitter town hall on consolidation

Posted 12/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Student journalists with The Jacket Buzz, Starkville High School's newspaper, will host a Twitter town hall event from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday that will focus on dialogue between teachers, administrators and pupils about the impending Oktibbeha County school merger.


Browning on Business: Hwy. 45 seeing more moving, shaking

Posted 12/12/2013 in Business

There is property changing hands out on Highway 45 North in Columbus and some new businesses are moving in. Like this: A Dick's Sporting Goods is expected to be located in a currently unoccupied portion of the old University Mall.


GM CEO known for approachability, effectiveness

Posted 12/12/2013 in Business

Kettering University President Robert McMahan was traveling in China a few months ago when he bumped into one of the university's board members at an airport in Shanghai. Mary Barra, the busy global product development chief at General Motors Co., might have just said hello and turned back to her phone. Instead, she had a long discussion with McMahan's teenage son about his education and his efforts to learn Mandarin.



Marriages and divorces 12-12-13

Posted 12/12/2013 in Business



Building permits 12-12-13

Posted 12/12/2013 in Business



Year after Newtown, gun control groups keep hope

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence -- no matter how long it takes. She is among a group of "accidental activist" parents brought together one year ago by almost unthinkable grief after the Newtown school massacre.



Gov. Bryant announces new tourism project

Posted 12/12/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state's economy forward.



Jury acquits ex-cop in fatal post-Katrina shooting

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

A former New Orleans police officer whose 2010 manslaughter conviction was touted as a milestone in the city's healing after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted Wednesday by a different jury of charges he fatally shot a man without justification during the storm's chaotic aftermath.


Pope Francis is Person of the Year

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Tenn. Senator: Staffer's home searched

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.


NSA: No better way to protect than surveillance

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.



Poll: Strong opposition to in-flight calls

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.


Reverse referendum could become merger funding mechanism

Posted 12/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could ask state representatives to add legislative language to HB 716, the Oktibbeha County school merger bill, which would allow for a reverse bond referendum to fund physical upgrades.

Link-sponsored Lowndes Youth Leadership program still going strong after 14 years

Posted 12/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last summer, the Yokohama Tire Company announced that it had selected Kajima Building & Design Group to design and build the first phase of its manufacturing plant in Clay County. The design firm is located in Atlanta, and in November, 18 members of the Lowndes County Youth Leadership program visited the headquarters.

West Point plans to renovate McClure building

Posted 12/11/2013 in Area

Nearly four years ago, a Mississippi Main Street charrette team suggested a use for a vacant downtown West Point building donated to the city: Convert it into an artist studio and gallery.

E-911 hires from within, picks McCoy

Posted 12/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Emergency 911 communications board hired Melanie McCoy on Tuesday as the department's director. McCoy was an internal hire. She has served with E-911 in Lowndes County for more than 20 years.

Millport reports increase in sale tax revenue

Posted 12/11/2013 in Area

Millport's sales tax revenues for the last fiscal year bucked a trend shared by as many as five municipalities in the area, according to an audit report presented to the Millport Town Council on Monday night.


Poll: Low approval of Washington

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Heading into a congressional election year, Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced, a new poll finds.



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