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Longtime Columbus cobbler closing shop

Posted 1/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the late 1970s, Tommy Coggins, not knowing the first thing about repairing shoes, opened a business in Columbus called Coggins Shoe Shop. He was a young man then and set about teaching himself the art of the cobbler. He did so through trial and error, and must have done a fine job.

Louisville man facing felony burglary charges

Posted 1/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Winston County man has been arrested after authorities say he broke into several vehicles and a work shed at Severstal.

EMCC license plates available

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

East Mississippi Community College license plates may soon be available.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at MSU

Posted 1/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler will serve as the first Mississippi State University Institute for the Humanities Writer in Residence, reading selections from his fiction on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium on the MSU campus.


AG Hood investigates harassment of girls online

Posted 1/29/2014 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says his office is investigating a trend of inappropriate postings about young girls on a social media website.



Kemper costs rise $40 million on start-up reserve

Posted 1/29/2014 in State



Millport Library receives grant for books

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

The Millport Public Library will begin receiving more than 100 new books beginning today after receiving a grant from Weyerhaeuser Co., librarian Linda Ferguson announced at the Millport Town Council meeting Monday.


Arrest report: 1-29-14

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.

Catfish in the Alley featured in Garden & Gun

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a one-year hiatus, Catfish in the Alley will resume this spring with some very big publicity. Garden & Gun, a magazine of culture in the American South that reaches more than a million readers, has singled out the annual Columbus event in its current edition.

CVB approves project clearance reports

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors on Monday approved full second-half grant installments to Caledonia Days and the Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes.

Columbus schools see increase in drug-related incidents

Posted 1/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Drug incidents are up on five of nine city school campuses, including an elementary school, according to statistics recently released by the Columbus Municipal School District.


It's here: Winter storm hits state

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Thirty-six of Mississippi's 82 counties are under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Phil Bryant to speed response to a storm that's expected to bring snow and ice to central and southern parts of the state starting early this morning.


Camp, MSU Baseball honored with GSDP awards

Posted 1/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership honored Dan Camp, the former Starkville mayor who single-handedly transformed Starkville's most well-known neighborhoods into a widely praised New Urbanism development area, and other local business leaders for their service to community development on Monday.


Some states consider reviving old-fashioned executions

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.



DeSoto teacher arrested in prostitution sting

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Authorities say a DeSoto County teacher and football coach is among 15 people arrested by Southaven police during an undercover sting for prostitution.



Lawmakers asked to decide tuition plan's fate

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

The board that runs Mississippi's prepaid college tuition program said Monday that it wants the Legislature to decide whether the state should reopen the plan to new enrollments or close it.



Higher death benefits for 1st responders proposed

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders will lobby lawmakers this week to increase the benefits for families of first responders who die in the line of duty.



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