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Lowndes child dies from gunshot wound

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County boy is dead following a shooting incident at his home Monday morning.


Photo: Volunteers for MLK Day

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Austin Rayford, left, and Alicia Chandler, right, help hang clothes at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Saturday as a volunteer project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

PBS NewsHour's Main Street visits Columbus

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They stood out at the ribbon cutting. Amidst the crowd of local media clamoring to get a photo of Governor Phil Bryant as he opened Yokohama Boulevard, three journalists were not from a local outlet, or even a Mississippi media group.

Grassroots movement seeks legalized marijuana

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi organization is formally seeking signatures on a petition for a ballot initiative measure that would legalize and regulate cannabis and industrial hemp throughout the state.


GED testing, prep to be discounted in Feb.

Posted 1/19/2015 in Area

The GED Testing Service has announced a special offer to help adults prepare for and take the GED test next month.



Oktibbeha Circuit Clerk, board president face election challenges

Posted 1/19/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

New challengers have emerged for Oktibbeha County's circuit clerk, District 2 supervisor and coroner, meaning incumbents must now launch their own campaigns for re-election.



Two initiatives could neutralize education funding issue

Posted 1/19/2015 in State

All Mississippi politicians say they love education, especially during election years. The key question is: How do they translate that love into public policy?


Obama's tax proposals get cool reception from GOP

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama's pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans.

MLK holiday: 'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., one of many events around the nation ushering in today's federal holiday for the slain civil rights leader.


Weyerhaeuser pays $37K fine for air pollution

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weyerhaeuser Co.'s Columbus pulp mill is paying a $37,500 civil fine for exceeding emissions limits during a 2013 test.



Steel Dynamics contractor to pay $61K fine

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contractor for the Steel Dynamics mill in Columbus is paying a $61,867 civil fine for environmental violations relating to hazardous waste and emergency readiness.



Teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday.



MTV airs in black and white to spark conversation on race

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

MTV is taking the color out of its programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage people to talk about what race means in their lives.


Ridge Road home lost to Friday morning blaze

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County family lost their home Friday morning.

Brown-Wright urges crowd to continue MLK's message

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flonzie Brown-Wright, Mississippi native, Civil Rights activist and former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., visited Columbus and spoke at a prayer breakfast at Stephens Chapel M.B. Church on Saturday morning.

Partnership between entrepreneur, Columbus garment factory has been life-saver for both

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Cathy Griffith and Rich Coachys, there is no sound more beautiful than the collective whir of 100-plus sewing machines.

Five now vying for Lowndes circuit clerk

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The race for Lowndes County Circuit Clerk is now a five-person contest after three Republicans qualified to run.

Activists targeting Tuesday's aldermen meeting

Posted 1/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Monday, Starkville residents will march in solidarity of equal rights during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One day later, aldermen are expected to rubberstamp decisions that critics say take away equality from members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.


Gov. accused of improper role in executive search

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action.



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