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Preservation Commission approves guidelines for historic districts

Posted 2/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to submit to city aldermen its previously agreed upon recommendations establishing three historic districts' design guidelines.



Auction of recluse's gold nets $3.5 million

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse's gold reached a new chapter Tuesday when a portion of the trove raked in more than $3.5 million at auction.



Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.


Phila. school lunches: Goodbye fries, hello fennel

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

It sounds more like a restaurant order than a school lunch menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding.


HPC could send historic district design standards to aldermen

Posted 2/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, Starkville's Historic Preservation Commission could recommend the nomination and adoption of three historic districts and their related design standards to the city board of aldermen. The commission meets 5:30 p.m. today in the City Hall Courtroom.


Supes pick local architect for courthouse renovations

Posted 2/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Last week, county supervisors picked local architectural firm Thomas S. Jones and Associates to manage almost $300,000 worth of renovations to the Oktibbeha County Courthouse.

Sellers flock to gun buyback event; CPD exhausts available funds within 3 hours

Posted 2/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What was scheduled to be a three-day event lasted less than three hours as the Columbus Police Department received an overwhelming response to their gun buyback program.

CVB hires Hemphill as new board attorney

Posted 2/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Hemphill has been hired as the board attorney by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees


In budget fight, sky is falling again

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it's a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype.



Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday.



Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday. If states were to increase their graduation rates, state and federal lawmakers could be plugging their budgets with workers' taxes instead of furloughing teachers, closing drivers-license offices and cutting unemployment benefits.


C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general, dies

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Dr. C. Everett Koop has long been regarded as the nation's doctor-- even though it has been nearly a quarter-century since he was surgeon general.


House approves $6.9M factory and farm tax break

Posted 2/26/2013 in State

Factory operators, farmers and fishermen could stop paying sales taxes on electricity and fuel, under a state House proposal.


Sotomayor criticizes prosecutor for racial remark

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday publicly criticized a federal prosecutor for what she called "a racially charged remark" during a drug trial.


Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Popping calcium and vitamin D pills in hopes of strong bones? Healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements, say new recommendations from a government advisory group.


Monday profile: Huggins thrives in new role

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a new sheriff in town. Figuratively speaking, that is. Mary Huggins is the new full-time sheriff's deputy at the Lowndes County Courthouse and her no-nonsense attitude lets people know she means business.

Girl Scouts out in force for cookie sales

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday's blue skies and warm temperatures inspired many to spend the day outdoors, including local Girl Scouts, who were out in full force to kick off the first weekend of the 2013 cookie sale season.

Byrd, Gavin focus on business in Ward 6 election showdown

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Bill Gavin and challenger Whirllie Byrd will mean business when they face off in the upcoming Columbus municipal election primary.


Budget cuts will hit state on several fronts

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.



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