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Violent clashes over anti-Islam film in three nations

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against an anti-Islam film torched a press club and a government building in northwest Pakistan today, sparking clashes with police that left at least one person dead.


Livestock returns to Lowndes County Fair

Posted 9/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's hard to imagine a county fair without a livestock show, but for many years -- more than Jane Burns Jordan can remember -- farm animals have been conspicuously absent from the sights, smells and sounds of the Lowndes County Fair.


Krispy Kreme ready for Tuesday opening

Posted 9/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a warm Saturday in September, Columbus residents were already lining up by 9 a.m. The jazz band from Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science, under the direction of local rocker Dawn Barham, played Motown and R&B hits in the background as the crowd's anticipation approached fever pitch.

Former West Point judge arrested

Posted 9/17/2012 in Area

A former West Point Municipal Judge was arrested in Monroe County on Thursday and charged with breaking and entering of a dwelling.


Judge: Mississippi health care challenge premature

Posted 9/17/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi residents were premature in their challenge to the federal law requiring people to buy health care insurance, a federal judge has ruled.


For S. Korean men, makeup a foundation for success

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Cho Won-hyuk stands in front of his bedroom mirror and spreads dollops of yellow-brown makeup over his forehead, nose, chin and cheeks until his skin is flawless. Then he goes to work with a black pencil, highlighting his eyebrows until they're thicker, bolder.


Starkville budget won't increase millage

Posted 9/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing at its meeting Tuesday night to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget, and will likely move to vote on the matter immediately after.


Tough words from general on Afghan insider attacks

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

The persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on U.S. and allied troops is a "very serious threat" to the war effort, which is predicated on placing security responsibility in Afghan hands, the U.S. military's top officer said Sunday.

One year on, Occupy is in disarray

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

AP glance: Varied license laws for older drivers

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Jerry Wiseman notices it's harder to turn and check his car's blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his wife took a refresher driving course, hunting tips to stay safe behind the wheel for many more years -- a good idea considering their state has arguably the nation's toughest older-driver laws.

MUW names Patton as new chief of police

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has hired a new police chief, six months after the departure of former chief Kennedy Meaders in March.


Mississippi legislative maps receive federal approval

Posted 9/15/2012 in State

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that it has approved Mississippi's legislative redistricting plans, but that doesn't prevent anyone from suing to try to block the maps from being used.



Lowndes taxes remain flat; reserves to cover budget shortfall

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Millage rates will stay the same for Lowndes County residents as the board of supervisors passed its Fiscal Year 2013 budget Friday morning after a public hearing was held.



Brooks vocal in opposition to CVB board appointment

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What could have been a quick conversation among gentlemen turned into a circus of race and politics Friday at the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting. Approving an appointee to replace George Swales to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau turned into a highly contentious issue, particularly between longtime sparring partners District Five Supervisor Leroy Brooks and District One Supervisor and Board President Harry Sanders.


A rising tide: Three counties unveil vision for development partnership

Posted 9/15/2012 in Area

Friday afternoon, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins and a seven-person steering committee proudly presented their "baby" to a packed house at East Mississippi Community College's Lyceum Auditorium.


CMSD board, staff discuss state test scores

Posted 9/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District administrators spent two hours Friday evening pouring over state test results and explaining to board members their plans for improvement in the upcoming year.



Oktibbeha taxes remain unchanged

Posted 9/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Only one citizen showed up on Friday morning to witness the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors vote to approve the proposed 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which does not include a millage increase.



Details of tri-county coalition unveiled

Posted 9/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of speculation, the specifics of a tri-county economic development coalition were unveiled today at East Mississippi Community College's Lyceum Auditorium.


Area's 'report cards' show cause for concern

Posted 9/14/2012 in Area

The grades are in, and in some cases, the results aren't pretty.


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