School's out for summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more pencils, no more books for local students, many of whom are already immersed in reading assignments for the upcoming school year. While students may groan and parents may wonder what happened to the carefree vacations they remember, educators, backed by statistics, favor summer reading as a way to prevent "brain drain" -- the loss of critical skills attained in the classroom and shoved in the locker when the dismissal bell rings each summer.
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Tuesday said a recent column in The Packet is "not true." During a meeting of the Columbus City Council, Smith read Packet writer Ron Williams' column from the June 29 edition of the newspaper, which criticized city crews for planting flowers in the Dean Acres community, where Smith lives.
A Town of Caledonia employee may soon see the pay increase he's spent more than a year fighting to receive.
Caledonia residents are beginning to feel the impact of a water and sewer rate hike which went into effect June 1, but limited relief for some may be on the way.
Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.
John W. Cox, M.D., has been designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.
A recent study conducted by the Columbus Police Department will be used to combat domestic violence. The research project, created through the office of Chief Selvain McQueen, shows more than 100 domestic violence cases have been reported in Columbus between January and July.
Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The market was certified as part of the Mississippi Certified Farmers' Market Program, which was launched by the MDAC as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers' markets across the state.
For a young Mississippi soldier on furlough, the sign in a Kansas City shop window was tantalizing. Who could resist cracking the door ever so slightly, peering inside this strange world that beckoned? He was planning to re-enlist, but it wouldn't hurt to see if the sign's prescient promise held merit. "Your future is in upholstery," the poster in the window boldly asserted, and for Willie Hood, that proved to be true.
After he gave his graduation speech, Brian Xu quietly walked back to his seat on the front row. It was only after he sat down that the crowd in Humphrey Coliseum burst into applause, eventually rising to a standing ovation for the Starkville High School valedictorian.
Ban issued until July 31
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling which declared school segregation unconstitutional, but desegregation came slowly in Mississippi, with many districts -- including Lowndes County -- not achieving complete integration until placed under court order to do so in 1970.
Fireworks have become almost synonymous with Independence Day; they are bright, colorful, loud and conjure images of "the bombs bursting in air" made famous in our National Anthem. But dry conditions this year may put a damper on some of the celebrations.
Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.
A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.
Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was more about house-keeping than anything else, with the debate regarding the possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital almost going unmentioned. Almost.
Citing an increase in enrollment and antiquated buildings, Dr. Rick Young, President of East Mississippi Community College, Monday presented the school's strategic plan for the Golden Triangle Campus at Mayhew to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.
The Columbus Police Department has arrested one suspect and is looking for another in connection with the burglary of a local church.
Katie Moulds was contemplating attending medical school after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University, but a summer internship changed her career course forever.
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