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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

Posted 4/19/2014 in National

Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.


County to ask to rezone land near soccer complex

Posted 4/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The short-term goal is to get new signs for the Columbus Soccer Complex. The long-term goal is to add fields.

Columbus L&W eyes new 5-year plan

Posted 4/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water Board of Directors tabled a proposed five-year work plan for water and sanitary sewer improvements Thursday.

Columbus School board won't go 'buy the book'

Posted 4/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board rejected a request of almost $2 million dollars from interim school superintendent Edna McGill, a move that could prevent students from having the proper textbooks for the 2014-15 school year.

Columbus police chief McQueen retires

Posted 4/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is looking for a new chief. Mayor Robert Smith said Chief Selvain McQueen relinquished his vehicle and uniform late Thursday afternoon and announced his retirement.

SED manager predicts no electricity rate hikes

Posted 4/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Electric Department will operate a Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget similar to current funding levels and does not need an electric rate hike to subsidize its operations, General Manager Terry Kemp said Thursday.


MBI investigates domestic shootout in Nettleton

Posted 4/18/2014 in Area

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating a verbal argument inside a vehicle that ended with three people dead, two of them brothers, in the center of Nettleton.



Group hopes to restore old West Point school

Posted 4/18/2014 in Area

A West Point group is spearheading efforts to renovate the former Northside High School so it can be used for community functions.



Lowndes man to be resentenced in cocaine case

Posted 4/18/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a Lowndes County man for sale of cocaine.



Miss. legalizing marijuana extract as medicine

Posted 4/18/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.



Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch

Posted 4/18/2014 in State

A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.



Transportation leader Foxx pushes for highway funding

Posted 4/18/2014 in State

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that during an eight-state bus trip, he's experiencing what other Americans feel on highways every day.



Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

Posted 4/18/2014 in Business

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.


Easter butter lamb gets 'pardon' at Buffalo market

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

There's at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that won't be going under the knife this Easter.

Drought, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road.


Man avoids $525 fine for refill at VA

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.



Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.



Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.



Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.



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