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Miss. gov says voters should voluntarily show ID

Posted 11/1/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he thinks it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show identification when they vote, even though it's not required by law.



Bryant and Canadian diplomat tout Mississippi-Canada trade opportunities

Posted 11/1/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and a Canadian diplomat are urging Mississippi's business community to look north for trading opportunities.



China think tank urges government to end one-child policy

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy.


Soccer Complex may get $200,000 upgrade

Posted 11/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Soccer Complex, which celebrated its grand opening a month ago, may soon undergo a $200,000 upgrade in amenities.

Lion Hills: EMCC takes over Country Club

Posted 11/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official. The transfer of the Columbus County Club to East Mississippi Community College took place today at 12 a.m. After toiling more than a year in bankruptcy, the country club was sold to EMCC for $1.6 million during an auction Oct. 5.


Starkville and Oktibbeha join regional coalition

Posted 11/1/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville and Oktibbeha County have officially entered a three-year interim agreement with the new Golden Triangle Regional Development Link, but not without some haggling and revisions to the contract.


Battered New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild beloved shore

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement parks. The devastation left the state a blank canvas to redevelop its prized vacation towns.


Sandusky moved to prison with death row inmates

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sent Wednesday to serve his child molestation prison sentence at an institution in Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates.


Business brief: Firefighters graduate

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Firefighters Jonathan C. Goodman and James L. Hays of the Starkville Fire Department recently graduated from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson, MS.


Business brief: Severstal recognized

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Severstal North America, a flat-rolled steel producer headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., has been recognized as the Gold Medal winner in the Reliability Achievement Award by the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).



Business brief: Southwire awarded Star status

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business

Southwire Company's Starkville Manufacturing Plant and Power Cable Customer Service Center have been awarded Star status by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).



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Posted 11/1/2012 in Business



Building permits 11-1-12

Posted 11/1/2012 in Business


Romney faces criticism on aid in storm's aftermath

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government.

Decorating homes is a long-running tradition for some

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some local families, decorating their homes for Halloween is an annual tradition. Attorney Katherine Kerby and her daughter, Kat, try to outdo themselves every year, transforming their front yard into a ghostly cemetery covered in spooky spiderwebs, with skeletons hanging from the trees, waiting to frighten and intrigue the flock of trick-or-treaters that will haunt the family's front door tonight, begging for candy goodies.

Unemployment rates continue decline

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

September unemployment rates showed a gradual decline for counties in and around the Golden Triangle compared to last year's statistics. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, 22 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates below the state's nine percent average.

New megasite inspires hope in struggling West Point

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

Vehicles crept along Sixth Street Tuesday night, edging onto the grassy shoulders, pausing in front of the Clay County Civic Center's packed driveways before resuming the search for a parking space.

Amory man arrested after 24 sex calls to E-911

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

A Monroe County man has been arrested and charged with 24 counts of abusive phone calls to an emergency service.


Confusion over accreditation loss stirs emotions in Oktibbeha County

Posted 10/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Call it a technicality. When the Oktibbeha County School District was taken over by the state earlier in the month, the district's accreditation was automatically withdrawn, but a meeting last week to finalize the procedure ended up causing more confusion than clarity.



Burtman sentenced to 13 months

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus doctor who was facing a maximum of 35 years in federal prison was sentenced to serve just 13 months on Tuesday.



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