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Columbus Christmas Tree Lighting postponed

Posted 11/28/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has postponed its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event due to the threat of severe weather.



Partnership cancels annual Starkville Christmas parade

Posted 11/28/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's annual Christmas parade will not be held this year after the threat of bad weather forced the Greater Starkville Development Partnership to cancel Monday's event.


Burglary, arson suspect escapes from Calhoun jail

Posted 11/28/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Law enforcement agents from across the area are searching for an escaped Calhoun County inmate after his getaway vehicle was found in Oktibbeha County.

Body of shot teen found at fire site

Posted 11/28/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police have launched a homicide investigation after authorities found a body near a burned car in south Columbus early this morning.

Salvation Army Angel Tree provides gifts, warms hearts

Posted 11/28/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At first blush, the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program might seem like a pretty simple affair.

Clay County native, veteran starting organic cattle farm

Posted 11/28/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Throughout 23 years of service in the United States Air Force, Clay County native Leroy Alford always had one plan - to move back to the land where he grew up outside West Point.

Pressing on: Mother-daughter duo continue preparing, delivering Thanksgiving meals while fighting cancer

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One week before Thanksgiving, Ayandria Barry sat in a hospital in Virginia receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Court system, bail bondsmen regularly deal with bond jumping

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the Lowndes County Circuit Court in session, defendants from all over the county are coming to the courthouse for trials, sentencing and other hearings -- or just to check in with their attorneys and the judges.

Photo: Getting in the holiday spirit

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sixteen-year-old Justina, left, and her 15-year-old sister, Chelsey, right, from Palmer Home for Children, prepare the 3,700 poinsettia plants in their green houses to be delivered to their customers by Monday.

Pay increases prompt call for Oktibbeha salary discussions

Posted 11/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Road Manager Victor Collins' recent request for slight pay increases for eight of his workers could lead supervisors to discuss the county's overall policies on raises next month.

Judicial race runoffs set for Tuesday

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voters will decide the winners in two judicial race runoff elections Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


Delta State to raise tuition 5 percent

Posted 11/26/2016 in State

Delta State University wasn't going to raise tuition next fall, but President Bill LaForge said state budget cuts changed the university's mind.



Trump slams recount push as 'a scam,' says election is over

Posted 11/26/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday condemned a growing push to force recounts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory, confronting the Green Party-backed effort for the first time even as he worked to address key Cabinet vacancies.



Judge: Roof competent to stand trial in church shooting

Posted 11/26/2016 in National

The white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Friday.



Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90 in Cuba

Posted 11/26/2016 in National

Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90.



After Trump rift at Liberty University, students finding unity

Posted 11/26/2016 in National

As Liberty University grew from a tiny Baptist college into a touchstone institution for evangelicals, it also became a hub of conservative politics, a revolving door of politicians and their surrogates courting young voters.



For some in middle class, Trump plan would mean tax increase

Posted 11/26/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump's proposals would modestly cut income taxes for most middle-class Americans.



Woman killed in West Point shooting

Posted 11/25/2016 in Area

One woman is dead following a shooting in West Point early Friday morning.


Shoppers: Black Friday crowds smaller this year thanks to retailers opening on Thanksgiving

Posted 11/25/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday and retailers opening their doors in advance on Thanksgiving Day this year, Black Friday in Columbus looked like most other shopping days close to Christmastime, except shoppers were out at 6 a.m.

New fire station may lead to lower premiums

Posted 11/25/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue's new Fire Station 4 could lower the city's fire rating, which could lead to lower insurance premiums for residents and attract more businesses.


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