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Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.


10,607 video games secure Guinness title

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.


Jury to hear details of teen's death

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Prosecutors say a Madison County grand jury will hear details surrounding the death of 17-year-old Abigail Bonner.



Gunn: Miss. teacher pay raise up for debate in '14

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Thursday that he wants lawmakers in 2014 to consider the first across-the-board teacher pay raise in the past seven years. He said legislative leaders have not yet discussed details about how large a raise might be considered.



Ex-Miss. school superintendent to report to prison

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin must report to prison by Jan. 6 to begin serving more than six years in a federal bribery case related to a $1.4 million reading program for children.



Months after election, ballot review continues

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Three months after Hattiesburg's special election for mayor, Mississippi's secretary of state is still going over copies of the applications, envelopes and absentee ballots from 10 of the city's 14 precincts.



5 tornadoes confirmed from weekend storms

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

The National Weather Service confirms at least five tornadoes struck Mississippi as a storm system moved across the state Friday and Saturday.



Former Mississippi Senator Charles Ray Nix dies at 82

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Funeral services for former state Sen. Charles Ray Nix of Batesville will be held Saturday.


Columbus CVB, West Point revamp websites

Posted 12/26/2013 in Area

Four local governing and tourism entities have overhauled their websites in time for the new year. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of West Point, Clay County and West Point Community Growth Alliance have worked with web development company Marketing Alliance on new-and-improved websites.

Columbus schools set to implement new goals

Posted 12/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is moving forward with a new strategic plan. The school board approved the plan earlier this month. It is set to take effect when school resumes in January. With six specific goals, the plan is designed to make the district more effective, said interim superintendent Edna McGill.

Design stage for Trotter update nearly complete

Posted 12/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The design process for a renovation of the Trotter Convention Center is almost done, and the 45-day bidding window for a general contractor will begin Jan. 6.

Tupelo holds vigil for killed, wounded officers

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tupelo residents have held a candlelight vigil to honor a police officer who died and a second officer who was wounded in a shootout with bank robbers.

Jobless rates down from October, but still lag

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area unemployment rates for November were down from October but mostly up from November 2012, based on data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Bond set at $500K for murder suspect

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $500,000 bond has been set for the Columbus man accused of murdering his friend last week.

Churches celebrate with special services

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several area churches are having evening services tonight and encouraging people to come and celebrate the birth of Christ.

Ranch House gets new owner, stays open

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranch House is not closing after all. The diner-style restaurant in east Columbus was scheduled to close last Sunday. Joyce Alexander, the 65-year-old who managed it for eight years, was set to retire. She still has. But the restaurant has found new ownership and the doors are staying open.


Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

'Tis the season -- for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.



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