Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.
In a flip-flop motion, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Monday killed a motion to approve superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell's 2012/2013 school calendar, which thereby killed Liddell's proposal for an early release program. The motion died on the table without a second from a board member. But immediately after an executive session, board member Aubra Turner made a motion on the school calendar and it passed on a 3-1-1 vote.
For more than a month, the Starkville Board of Aldermen has been debating a revision to the bicycle helmet ordinance it narrowly passed two years ago. When the board held a public hearing on the matter on May 2 there was no consensus from the public, either. The board will likely address the ordinance again at next week's meeting, and if previous votes on the matter are any indication, Tuesday could be just as divided as the initial ordinance.
The City of Columbus continues to gain strength on a nationally published economic analysis poll.
Authorities searched Monday for a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a pool party near Auburn University that a witness said began with a fight over a woman.
For Canyon Boykin, becoming a police officer has been a "life-long dream." Boykin's dream came to fruition recently when he was sworn in as an officer with the Columbus Police Department by Mayor Robert Smith.
Stalking laws have been on the books in the United States since the early 1990's, and in 2003, following suite with a number of other states, Mississippi enacted a felony cyberstalking statute to help fight digital victimization. Even so, only a relative few cases are prosecuted.
An employee with the Town of Caledonia's water and sewer department has filed a grievance against Water Superintendent Benny Coleman, alleging blackmail, ethics violations, discrimination and a violation of his constitutional rights.
After her sister was unhappy with her cesarean section birth, Alison Doyle, who was expecting four months later, decided she would attend a few childbirth education classes before it came time for her to deliver.
The first time Joe LaNier II left Columbus, he was 17. There weren't many options for the young black man deep in the heart of the 1940s South. His mother was dead, his father was out of work, his little sisters were hungry and he had just been fired from his job as a dishwasher because he'd asked for a raise from $3.50 to $5 a week.
Dr. Martha Liddell will preside Monday night over her first school board meeting since being selected as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District. She plans to update the board on details of her "Believe and Achieve" strategic plan, which she unveiled during her interview last month.
It may not be the Taj Mahal, but Caledonia aldermen believe the new municipal complex they're planning will be a welcome improvement for the community.
Randomly drug testing students is preventative, not punitive, Jerome Nettles, of Advanced Screening Solutions, said Friday, asking the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees to consider on-site drug testing at schools.
16th District Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens says state laws creating leniency on time served for convicted criminals is undermining the justice system.
A proposed ordinance to protect and preserve the historic integrity of Southside has been scuttled due to a lack of funds.
Two high-level Columbus drug dealers have been indicted on federal drug charges. Antonio Brooks, 25, of 396 Swedenburg Circle and Steven Douglas Jennings, 41, of 163 Swedenburg Circle, have been indicted on two counts each of intent to sell or distribute narcotics and one count each of aiding and abetting.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is investigating the armed robbery of an occupied trailer in northern Lowndes County.
After eluding authorities in Pickens County, Ala., a Columbus man is behind bars, charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
Mississippi is exporting some of its southern-fried culture to the folks up North this weekend.
A Starkville church daycare provider has been charged with two counts of felony child abuse, Starkville Police confirmed Wednesday.
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