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Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.

Backlash prompts Heritage Academy to keep its old name

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy has rescinded its decision to change its name. The school announced earlier this week that it intended to rename Heritage Academy to Columbus Heritage Academy.

Alleged postal shooter in custody

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Michigan teenager is in custody after allegedly shooting a local United States Postal worker in the course of a robbery.

Holloway: Better to negotiate merger bill now than later

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway told public stakeholders Thursday it is better to negotiate a school merger bill now than have a future measure without local input, according to unofficial strategic planning session minutes released by the district.

Spears resigns from Link'd Young Professionals

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Spears, vice-president of the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees, announced Friday that he is resigning as board president of Link'd Young Professionals. He sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, informing them of his decision.


Consolidation conference committee remains in limbo

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators and local public education stakeholders are in a hurry-up-and-wait situation after House and Senate leaders failed to establish a conference committee for an Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill.



Cash registers on the way out

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople -- and even shoppers themselves -- ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers.



Senate Democrats work to pass budget

Posted 3/23/2013 in National


Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in U.S.

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.


NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno.


Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.


Hitler joins gun debate, but history is in dispute

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

When the president of Ohio's state school board posted her opposition to gun control, she used a powerful symbol to make her point: a picture of Adolf Hitler. When a well-known conservative commentator decried efforts to restrict guns, he argued that if only Jews in Poland had been better armed, many more would have survived the Holocaust.


BREAKING: [UPDATE] Suspected shooter of postal worker captured

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man suspected of shooting a United States Postal worker has been caught. Authur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was taken into custody just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon by deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. He will be formally charged Monday with aggravated assault and armed robbery. 

Postal worker shot: Suspect still at large after robbery in New Hope housing development

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United States Postal Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a rural mail carrier Thursday afternoon.

Mayoral hopefuls make their pitches at Exchange Club

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's three mayoral candidates spoke Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club, outlining their campaign platforms and visions for the city of Columbus. Incumbent mayor Robert Smith is being challenged by Republican Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett in the June 4 municipal election.

Say cheese! MSU celebrates 75 years of Edam cheese production

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ten years before he would take over as head of the dairy science department at Mississippi State University, and 30 years before the dairy science building would bear his name, professor Fredrick Herman Herzer had an idea: Maybe we should make some cheese.


Senate Democrats on track to pass budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.


Parks board promises to 'shop at home'

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission Board leader Dan Moreland promised Thursday his organization will seek more local purchases after hearing a complaint from a local merchant over a broken agreement.


Sales tax returns are cause for optimism

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville posted its second-highest January sales tax returns this year, according to data released by the city earlier this week.



SCT Anderson Scholarship deadline approaching

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for Starkville Community Theatre's 2013 Mary Eleanor Anderson Scholarship are due April 5.



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