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Vote looms to amend Ala. constitution

Posted 10/27/2012 in Area

Segregation ended decades ago in Alabama, swept away by the civil rights marchers who faced down police dogs and fire hoses in the early '60s. But segregation is still mandated by the state's constitution, and voters on Nov. 6 will get only their second chance in years to eliminate an anachronism that still exists on paper.

 

Nov. 6 ballot includes low-profile office seekers

Posted 10/26/2012 in Area

While most voters already know who they are going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, there may still be some undecided voters on the local front.

The Tide that binds: Family connection has MSU grad rooting for Alabama

Posted 10/25/2012 in Area

West Point's Donna Harris was a University of Alabama football fan before she enrolled at Mississippi State. A 1982 MSU graduate, she rooted for the Bulldogs from that moment on. Until, that is, family ties intervened.

Blinded by the light: Motorists' visibility affected by sun during Fall rush hour

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

The leaves are really starting to change, you notice as you take another slight turn around a bend of tightly grouped trees on U.S. Highway 82. It's close to 7 a.m. and you're eastbound, headed to Columbus or point beyond. Then, at the crest of the hill, it happens: The morning sun breaks through the windshield and suddenly, you are blinded.

Comes A Time: Neil Young returns to Tuscaloosa after almost 40 years

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

Although his songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" painted unflattering portraits of the South, veteran singer-songwriter Neil Young will be welcomed back with open arms on Thursday.

Wicker should breeze to first full term in U.S. Senate

Posted 10/23/2012 in Area

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is vying for another term as a United States Senator for the state of Mississippi.

 

Tornado procedures vary among area schools

Posted 10/23/2012 in Area

Tornado sirens will sound throughout Mississippi Wednesday, but for area schools, the statewide drill is just one of several they have already conducted this year in preparation for the fall tornado season.

 

 

STD risks particularly high among Mississippi teens

Posted 10/13/2012 in Area

It's a typical fall evening in Columbus. Hundreds have packed the stands at Columbus High School to cheer the Falcons to victory for their homecoming game. At the top of the bleachers, away from their parents and out of earshot of teachers, a group of young boys have gathered. As it often does with teenage boys, the conversation turns to sex.

 

Local employment numbers up over last year

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Services (MDES) shows unemployment rates fell in August in every county. But the more telling data is comparing August unemployment numbers to those of the previous August.

Local restaurants continue to weather economic storm

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Last week, USA Today reported that 21,000 jobs are created each month in the restaurant business, one of the few fields that seems to have continually defied the economic woes that have slowed job growth across the U.S. Locally, the economic impact of the restaurant industry seems to mirror that national trend.

For Zetas, every month is breast cancer awareness month

Posted 10/8/2012 in Area

For the 200 members of Mississippi State University's Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, breast cancer awareness is both national philanthropy and personal mission. And though October is traditionally set aside for awareness campaigns, for these young women, it is a year-round passion.

 

Company wins $10.2M grant for rural cell service

Posted 10/4/2012 in Area

A small company won a $10 million federal grant to expand wireless service in one of Alabama's most isolated regions, a five-county area west of Montgomery where it's sometimes impossible to make a cellphone call.

 

Experts doubt pork shortage, but say prices could soar

Posted 9/27/2012 in Area

A statement from Britain's National Pig Association sent pork lovers reeling Tuesday. In the report, British hog farmers claim the world will be facing a shortage of pork, particularly bacon, in 2013. But some local experts say the shortage statement is somewhat misleading.

 

Blood drive planned for highway patrol trooper battling cancer

Posted 9/24/2012 in Area

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging citizens to come to the Starkville Substation tomorrow and donate blood.

 

Monroe County car dealer arrested on drugs, weapons charges

Posted 9/21/2012 in Area

The owner of a Monroe County car dealership was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of stolen firearms.

 

Alabama voters approve budget rescue

Posted 9/19/2012 in Area

Alabama voters decided by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday to avoid dramatic cuts in state government by withdrawing $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the General Fund budget for the next three years.

 

University officials not discouraged by dip in enrollment

Posted 9/18/2012 in Area

First, the good news: More students than ever are flocking to Mississippi colleges. The bad news? Enrollment across the state remains relatively flat, with only three of Mississippi's eight public universities showing unduplicated headcount increases in preliminary fall figures, according to a report issued Monday by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

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.

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.

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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