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Escaped killers elude capture in New York

Posted 6/16/2015 in National

Two escaped murderers remained at large as a woman charged with helping the killers flee from a maximum-security prison by providing them hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools made a second appearance in a New York court.

'We've had to wait so long'

Posted 6/15/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Willie Hill sat on a folding chair under the porch of a small utility building, waiting for the official dedication ceremonies for his new home next door.

2 Starkville men arrested in connection to gun theft

Posted 6/15/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Starkville men were charged last week in connection to a residential burglary in which a firearm was stolen.


Falling branch kills boy in Tupelo

Posted 6/15/2015 in State

Authorities say a falling tree branch killed a 10-year-old boy as baseball teams were leaving the field because of a storm.



LCSD hires former CMSD CFO Kenneth Hughes

Posted 6/13/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees approved the hire of a new business manager, appointed a new principal at Caledonia High School and approved a technology fee for students at Friday's board meeting.



Gunshots ring out in south Columbus, again

Posted 6/13/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officers from the Columbus Police Department responded to a call about gunshots in the 2200 block of Washington Avenue shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Friday.



Permit error could have led to EPA violation

Posted 6/13/2015 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has corrected an error in the wastewater pretreatment permit it issued Yokohama that would have allowed the company's Clay County facility to discharge cadmium, a known cancer-causing agent, at a level that exceeds safe limits.



What's in a tire? It's not just rubber.

Posted 6/13/2015 in Area

A tall, blue-collar man is eating at a gas station. His sewn-on nametag says 'Jimmy' in red letters and he's talking with another man over sandwiches. When asked if he knew what was in his tires, he laughed and looked around uncertainly.


Area companies have paid nearly half million in penalties since 2011

Posted 6/13/2015 in Area

Entities in the Golden Triangle have paid nearly half a million dollars in environmental penalties in fewer than five years.


Man accused of threatening USDA agent with metal pipe

Posted 6/13/2015 in State

A grand jury will review a complaint that a Perkinston man threatened a federal agent with a metal pipe when the agent visited the man's farm headquarters.



Swarm of earthquakes rattles rural Alabama; reason unclear

Posted 6/13/2015 in Area

Jim Sterling didn't know what had hit his 156-year-old antebellum home when an earthquake struck Alabama's old plantation region early one morning last November. Startled, he grabbed a gun and ran outdoors.



Duck Race set to go swimmingly

Posted 6/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Great Tombigbee Duck Race will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.


Police make arrests in ongoing Southside violence

Posted 6/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For roughly six weeks an area in the Southside of Columbus has been the scene of multiple shootouts.

Linda Winston named 'Teacher of the Year'

Posted 6/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When she first learned she would be teaching a class at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, Linda Winston was nervous.

Golden Triangle third graders improve on reading test

Posted 6/12/2015 in Area

More Golden Triangle and statewide third graders are moving on to fourth grade.


Starkville mayor, aldermen have $60K in travel expenses

Posted 6/12/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's mayor and seven-person board of aldermen have racked up a combined $60,121 travel bill this term, and the bills of three individual officials -- Mayor Parker Wiseman, Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn and Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn -- each surpassed the $10,000 mark.


Lowndes Co. narcotics agent talks spice at BMH-GT

Posted 6/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local narcotics agents are predicting an increase in the use of synthetic drugs throughout Lowndes County in the near future.


Judge: Enough evidence to charge police in black boy's death

Posted 6/12/2015 in National

A judge said Thursday that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy who was holding a pellet gun, a largely symbolic ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them.



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