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Barbour backs cyber tax

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants.



Columbus Christmas parade: Rain dampens half-century tradition

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many people in Columbus, the annual Christmas parade has become synonymous with frosty fingers, hot cocoa and family memories. This year, there will be a new memory: the second time in history the event has been canceled due to inclement weather.


Lowndes sheriff to step down two days early

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff C.B. "Butch" Howard asked the county Board of Supervisors to accept his resignation effective Dec. 31. The motion passed unanimously at Monday's regular meeting.


Lowndes supes seek solution, not repeal of Co-op Road abandonment

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors asked residents of Co-op Road on Monday for more time to explore options following the abandonment of part of the road. Property owners insisted that is one thing they don't have.



Lowndes County murder trial: Bartender testifies he thought he would die

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere inside the Elbow Room Lounge on the night of Feb. 15 was "just calm as it could be," a state's witness testified Monday. That atmosphere changed within hours when two men were shot and eventually died.



Clinton orders review of visa program

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry. In the latest debacle for the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa, a federal indictment unsealed last week accuses the mafia of using the cultural exchange program to bring Eastern European women to work in New York strip clubs.



Elbow Room murder trial: Defense denied change of venue

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man accused of killing two men at a downtown Columbus bar began today in Lowndes County, despite a motion for change of venue.



Christmas Parade canceled due to rain

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's Christmas parade in downtown Columbus has been canceled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus Inc., made the announcement shortly before 3 p.m. today, saying the decision was made in an effort to "keep everyone safe and healthy this Christmas season."



Okolona pledges to get to the bottom of topless club

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.



Tougher rules hit fishermen, industry hard

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -- Travis Palladeno, a veteran charter fishing captain on Florida's Gulf Coast, flips through his appointment book and bemoans the blank pages. Restrictions on some of the most popular -- and tasty -- sport fish are so strict right now, fewer people want to go out.



New Mississippi gun law quietly eases limits

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

JACKSON -- People who want to carry a gun to the courthouse, on a college campus or in a bar in Mississippi may now be able to do that by taking an eight-hour course and getting a concealed carry permit.



Lucimarian Roberts receives Evers award

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

GULFPORT -- A longtime community leader in south Mississippi has received the Gulfport Branch of the NAACP's highest award -- the Medgar W. Evers Lifetime Achievement Award.



Lowndes tourism funding gets more competitive

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Changes to the grant guidelines for community events will make the process more competitive, a member of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors said Thursday at a special meeting to approve the changes.



Aldermen could discuss public-private proposal Tuesday

Posted 12/3/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the the ongoing municipal facilities plan Tuesday. Wiseman said Friday that the Board of Aldermen could discuss a request for project proposal to test the market for companies interested in striking a public-private partnership. Wiseman believes a renovated and remodeled City Hall could be an attractive space for urban development, with the possibility of leasing newly created office space to help offset the project's price tag.



Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday night

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Linda Nail, her husband Jerry, and a handful of others have attended the Columbus Christmas parade each year for around 30 years. And they don't plan to stop this year.


The Borsig era begins

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New MUW president's job is to direct, not dictate.


Copple trial could begin this week

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Depending on the outcome of a couple pending motions, the Elbow Room murder case will go to trial this week, the final week of the current Lowndes County Circuit Court session.



Local teacher inducted into hall of fame

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teacher was among five inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women Friday.



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