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Alcohol law change pulled from Starkville agenda

An agenda item that would have set public hearings on an amendment relaxing Starkville's alcohol sales was pulled Monday from Tuesday's board meeting, officials confirmed.



Public hearing for Island land use set for Tuesday

Posted 5/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus will hold a 4 p.m. public hearing Tuesday at the Columbus Municipal Complex to gather input on establishing an urban renewal area.


At least 3 critically injured in circus accident

Posted 5/5/2014 in National

At least three performers remain in critical condition following a circus accident in Providence. Authorities are trying to determine what caused a support frame to collapse Sunday during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey "Legends" show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Storm shelter half empty; some have nowhere to go

Posted 5/5/2014 in State

More than half of the 70 people who took shelter at a church in Louisville after Monday's tornado have found another place to stay.


Social media, criminal case debate rages

Posted 5/5/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court could have added its voice to the national legal debate over law enforcement's use of emails, cellphones, Facebook and other electronic communications in criminal investigations and prosecutions. It didn't.



Officer hit by car, driver being sought

Posted 5/5/2014 in State

A 38-year-old Alabama man is being sought for allegedly hitting a Prentiss police officer with a car in Jefferson Davis County.


U.S. teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

Posted 5/5/2014 in State

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this "diversity gap" at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms.

Carter remembered as dedicated, loving leader

Posted 5/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A life-long Columbus advocate, businesswoman and volunteer has died. Vanessa Carter, 52, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday.


Two arrested for looting in Lee County

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

Bond has been set at $50,000 each for two men arrested and charged for looting at Lee County residences in the storm aftermath.


Businesses protest new Mississippi law

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

Some Mississippi business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

Construction forcing temporary relocation of 2 precincts

Posted 5/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some voters casting ballots in the June 3 primary will have to do so in different place than they've had to in the past due to the temporary relocation of two precincts.


Starkville aldermen consider change in alcohol law

Starkville aldermen are expected to discuss scheduling public hearings on lowering the city's alcohol sales restrictions Tuesday, a move that could allow on-premises sales and consumption to more business parcels.



Starkville officials interested in annexation study

Starkville aldermen could contract an Oxford-based planning firm, Slaughter and Associates, to begin a preliminary study identifying possible future annexation territory.



Company signs deal at Natchez port

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

Natchez and Adams County officials aren't making public any details about the sale of four acres at the local port.



Cochran-McDaniel debate unlikely in Senate primary

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

A Washington-based anti-tax group is criticizing Sen. Thad Cochran for not debating challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican U.S. Senate primary.



Tupelo residents say some sirens silent

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

Some people in Tupelo are saying that warning sirens failed to sound before a tornado struck the city Monday afternoon.



Tornado recovery needs housing, hospital and jobs

Posted 5/3/2014 in State

Rescuers were still looking for people missing after Monday's tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery.



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