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Senators reach agreement on immigration

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

 

The Best/Worst day ever: A letter from Bear Bryant becomes a kid's rare treasure

Posted 1/26/2013 in Area

On the day Paul "Bear" Bryant died, a veil of mourning descended upon the state of Alabama. Memories of that day and those that immediately followed remain vivid among University of Alabama football fans.

CMSD spending freeze could impact school athletics

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is considering a move that would freeze all non-essential spending -- potentially including things like athletics travel -- beginning Feb. 1.

Legislators to address key differences between Senate, House charter school bills

Posted 1/26/2013 in State

With expanded charter school bills passing the Mississippi Senate and House, the stage is now set for both sides to begin what could be lengthy negotiation before a joint-bill is placed for a general vote.

 

Area residents report subscription scams

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple Columbus residents have reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work at The Commercial Dispatch and offering a discount on subscriptions.

 

 

Ryan says GOP needs to pick its fights with Obama

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday that Republicans need to stick together and pick their fights during President Barack Obama's second term, rejecting some White House proposals outright and trying to infuse others with conservative principles.

 

 

Could Kerry, Hagel drive reboot in US-Cuba ties?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, once held up millions of dollars in funding for secretive U.S. democracy-building programs in Cuba. Defense Secretary hopeful Chuck Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against the communist-run island "nonsensical" and anachronistic.

 

 

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?

 

 

One dead in head-on collision in Starkville

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 21-year-old Starkville man died in a fiery crash early Friday morning. The man, whose name has not yet been released, died after being involved in a two-car head-on collision in Starkville shortly after 2 a.m.

 

Columbus man arrested for Southside armed robbery

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for an armed robbery at a Southside apartment complex earlier this week. Darrion Donyae Walls, 23, of 1320 2nd Avenue N., was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony armed robbery and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

 

Unemployment drops in Lowndes and Oktibbeha

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

Unemployment numbers in the region dipped slightly over a 12-month period, with Oktibbeha County staying within single digits.

 

Chism, Smith present bill to 'assert state sovereignty'

Posted 1/25/2013 in State

A bill sponsored by two Columbus lawmakers would allow the state to defy federal laws through a joint-legislative committee. The committee, composed of 14 state elected officials, would determine what is and isn't within the federal government's power when dealing with the state's constitutional rights.

A vo-tech vision: County considers stand-alone vocational school to address today's changing workplace realities

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The weather is pleasant today, almost spring-like, and the metal bay door is thrown open wide, spilling sunlight and fresh air into West Lowndes High School's masonry and brick-building class. This is a planning period for Joseph Fowler, but his students are still milling around, some chatting, but most vying for Fowler's attention, reluctant to leave.

Link hires Starkville economic developer

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

The Golden Triangle Development Link has hired Joseph P. Deason, a former chief financial officer for the Mississippi Development Authority, to represent Oktibbeha County and serve as the GTDL's chief operating officer.

Van Daniel joins race for 36th District House seat

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

Hot on the heels of Wednesday's announcement by West Point resident Rev. Eddie Longstreet, Aberdeen resident Dr. Roderick Van Daniel announced Thursday he will also be seeking the vacated 36th District House seat left open after the Jan. 13 death of Rep. David Gibbs.

Starkville district provides laptops to all teachers

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, every teacher in the Starkville School District has a new laptop. Gone will be the days of lugging six lesson plans and keeping up with tiny flash drives, and Rosia Jackson, who teaches at Sudduth Elementary, could not be more thrilled.

 

House bill calls for consolidation of Starkville, Oktibbeha districts

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Superintendent Lewis Holloway and three Starkville School District trustees are meeting with members of the House Education Committee in Jackson today to discuss a Mississippi House bill calling for the consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts.

 

Longstreet joins race for District 36 House

Posted 1/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although Gov. Phil Bryant has not set a date for a special election for the District 36 House of Representatives, left vacant by the death of longtime legislator David Gibbs, another Clay County resident has joined the race.

House passes charter school bill after marathon session

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Bleary-eyed charter schools supporters took a few minutes to bask in a big victory early today, but were quick to acknowledge that the fight is not over. The Mississippi House voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369, which would expand charter schools in the state. The vote came after more than seven hours of debate and three hours of a computer reading the 251-page bill.

 

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