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Officials respond to voting concerns at Union precinct

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

State and local officials have responded to a number of allegations and concerns from citizens about potential irregularities at the Union voting precinct in the June 6 general election.


July hearing set for Spruill's request to dismiss Moore's election challenge

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former 1st District Circuit Judge Barry W. Ford will hear Mayor-elect Lynn Spruill's motion to dismiss Johnny Moore's mayoral election challenge 10 a.m. July 11 at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Annex.


The Book of Joe: LINK CEO Higgins enlists ghostwriter to work on book project

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been six months since the CBS News program "60 Minutes" told the Joe Max Higgins story of how the colorful, homespun economic development CEO brought manufacturing jobs to the Golden Triangle at a time when the industry was stagnant at best.

New Columbus Arts Council director looks for more long-term donations

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Arts Council has a new director.

Shooting at murder suspect's house believed to be accidental

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officers with the Columbus Police Department responded Friday to what is now believed to have been an accidental shooting at the home of an accused murderer.

Convictions for police officer defendants rare

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ernesto Ball was a kid, he knew many children in his community who wanted to be police officers.


Governor: Opponents hope Mississippi is hurt by LGBT law

Posted yesterday in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday that opponents are "desperately hoping" Mississippi will be hurt by a law that would let business people and government workers cite religious beliefs to deny some services to same-sex couples.



5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Posted yesterday in National

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.



Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Posted yesterday in National

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.



Mississippi's largest community college warned by accrediting body

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi's largest community college has been put on warning by its accrediting body, which cited financial problems and other issues.



Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

Posted yesterday in National

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy covered timberland and fields across the rural Deep South on Saturday, but the sun peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst was over.



Ferguson attorney: Brown family settles for $1.5M

Posted yesterday in National

The $1.5 million awarded this week to the parents of Michael Brown is the latest of several large settlements involving killings of black people by police, but it's far from the largest.



Doctors: Officer stabbed in neck at airport recovering well

Posted yesterday in National

The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch "slash" that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries and a nerve by "millimeters," one of his doctors said Friday.



AP sources: Military to seek delay on transgender enlistees

Posted yesterday in National

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.



Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.



Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger

Posted yesterday in National

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.



North Korea: It's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

Posted yesterday in National

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.


Fireworks on the Water set for July 1

Posted 6/23/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Event organizers are encouraging people to make plans to go to the Lock and Dam on July 1 for the annual Fireworks on the Water.

CMSD won't ask for millage increase for FY '18

Posted 6/23/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District does not plan to ask for a property tax increase next fiscal year.

Phelps retiring from OCEMA, constable positions

Posted 6/23/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director and District 1 Constable Shank Phelps is retiring from his two positions effective July 1.


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