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Local school districts struggle to keep up with a digital world

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The necessity of computers in the classroom is forcing school districts into an awkward tango between needs, wants and the ever-present knowledge that no matter how fast administrators dance, they will always be one step behind.

 

WCBI, DirecTV expect contract soon

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WCBI-TV and DirecTV expect a new contract soon for satellite carry of the local CBS affiliate, spokesmen for both companies said Wednesday afternoon. And the proverbial clock is ticking.

 

Highway 82 wreck sends five to hospital

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 6-year-old child was airlifted from Columbus to Jackson after receiving injuries in a two-car collision on Highway 82 Wednesday afternoon.

 

UPDATE: 17-year-old shot; police have suspect in custody

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting this morning.

 

 

North Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

Posted 12/28/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day Wednesday, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.

 

 

State timber business slowly rebounding

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

STARKVILLE -- Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products.

 

 

Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has earned a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

 

 

Ripley Mayor Kerry Hill dies

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

RIPLEY -- The body of Ripley Mayor Kerry W. Hill was found Tuesday at his residence. He was 75.

 

 

Barbour reflects as term ends

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the response to Hurricane Katrina shaped his legacy, and the 2005 storm boosted the state's image because outsiders saw Mississippians' willingness to work hard and help their neighbors.

 

 

Suspect arrested in Marshall County slaying

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

HOLLY SPRINGS -- One suspect has been arrested in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting that left a 16-year-old Memphis girl dead.

 

 

Christmas capers, murder remain unsolved in West Point

Posted 12/28/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- The latest in a string of Christmas gift burglaries has West Point police close to making an arrest.

 

 

Maben man charged in nightclub attack

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Maben man was arrested Dec. 25 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an altercation at an Oktibbeha County nightclub.

 

 

Starkville police investigate burglaries

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville police are searching for suspects in three vending-machine burglaries on Industrial Park Road. Between Dec. 23-26, change was stolen from vending machines at MMC Materials, MFJ Enterprises and AT&T's work center. Two vending machines were burglarized and MMC and MFJ.

 

 

Sears announces store closures

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday plans to close 100 to 120 stores after 2011 losses. However, the status of individual stores is still unknown. Sears includes Kmart stores and the Lands' End brand.

 

Saying goodbye to the queen of police vehicles

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fred Shelton was heading into Alabama in hot pursuit of a suspect. "We had good sights on the suspect vehicle," said Shelton, a captain with the Columbus Police Department.

 

AP survey: Economy to pick up but still vulnerable

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 -- if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

 

 

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