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Photos: Candlelight vigil in Artesia

Posted 1/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tessie Poindexter, the mother of Mauricio Nance; Christina Bell, Mauricio's sister-in-law; and other community members gather with candles during a vigil Friday at the Community Center in Artesia for the victims of a Tuesday triple homicide victims.

Video games: Mississippi's new high school sport

Posted 1/19/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Lucas Rader, 14, downloaded the video game League of Legends, he never imagined he would end up playing it on a school-sanctioned team.

'I still like the T-38': Columbus native recalls being the first to land trainer plane at CAFB

Posted 1/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 55 years now, the T-38 jet trainer has been a familiar sight in the skies over Columbus. Used as the primary aircraft for training U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots, there have been untold thousands of T-38 takeoffs and landings at Columbus Air Force Base, which currently has 91 of the T-38s at its disposal.


Mississippi casino revenue up in 2018 with sports betting

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

Mississippi casino revenues rose in 2018, with patronage noticeably increasing beginning in August, after the state legalized sports betting.



Trump offers a 'Dreamers' deal for border-money proposal

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

In a bid to break the shutdown impasse and fund his long-promised border wall, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protection for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But while Trump cast the move as a "common-sense compromise," Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a "non-starter."



Woman who hunts deer at age 101 kills 2 with a single shot

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot.



Ala. lawmaker seeks to separate MLK, Robert E. Lee holidays

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

A Birmingham lawmaker wants to separate the Alabama holiday that jointly honors slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.



Sheriff pleads not guilty to felonies, put on house arrest

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A Mississippi sheriff is pleading not guilty to 12 felony charges accusing him of stealing guns and drugs, seeking sex with inmates and threatening employees if they told about the crimes.



No rehearing for Louisiana abortion law

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision upholding Louisiana's law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite a dissenting judge's insistence that the decision is in "clear conflict" with a Supreme Court decision striking down a similar Texas law.



92-year-old Eola Hotel being restored, updated in Natchez

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A noted hotel in a Mississippi River town is undergoing a transformation, years after closing.



Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of silence."



A scaled-down, but still angry, Women's March returns

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House.



Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life."



Special counsel disputes accuracy of BuzzFeed report on Trump, Cohen

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress.



Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

Posted 1/19/2019 in National

Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.


Arts Council opens summer scholarship application period

Posted 1/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Area Arts Council has opened applications for its annual summer scholarships program. SAAC, according to a press release from Executive Director John Bateman, is offering the scholarship for children who are 11-18 years old.

Heritage regains Apple Distinguished School status

Posted 1/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy almost wasn't recognized as an Apple Distinguished School this year. Nearly missing the deadline, director of instructional technology Janet Lewis and teacher Brad Kidder called Heritage Academy's Apple representative and submitted the school's paperwork last-minute.

Artesia murders may be related to attempted drug deal

Posted 1/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County court documents show the man arrested for killing three people in Artesia Tuesday may have been involved in an attempted drug deal.

Johnson to leave post as public affairs head for CAFB

Posted 1/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Richard Johnson assumed the role of public affairs director for the 14th Flying Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, even his nickname seemed to make him a unique fit for the job. For almost 15 years, Johnson -- known by airmen and community members alike as "Sonic" -- used his credentials as a training pilot and his passion for sharing the story of CAFB with the community.

Man arrested in West Point stabbing

Posted 1/18/2019 in Area

One person is in custody and two others were treated and released from the hospital following a stabbing in West Point Thursday.


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