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Custodian foils rape attempt at Leigh Mall

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A career felon faces charges of attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman in a restroom in Leigh Mall Saturday. Sammie Lee Smith, Jr., 50, of 158 Community Road, was arrested Saturday night by officers with the Columbus Police Department after police say he attacked a woman in the mall's public restroom.

CMSD board hires accountant to work on budget

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board has hired an accountant to help construct the district's budget for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. The board originally made a motion to hire CPA Frances Goldmon during a special meeting Tuesday morning but then tabled the issue until a rate of pay could be determined. The board met again this morning and approved the motion by a 3-0 vote. Board members Currie Fisher and Angela Verdell did not attend today's meeting.

Sheriffs laud MDOT's litter control program

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local sheriffs participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Inmate Litter Control Program agree that being proactive and using the program to its fullest potential yields noticeable results and keeps their state highways clean.

Two Columbus men arrested on meth charges

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were arrested this weekend on methamphetamine charges. Rickey Lamar Harrison, 56, and David Ray Keating, 37, were arrested Friday night after agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop near North Lehmburg Road.


Democrats remove Isaac, Neal from executive committee

Posted 6/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Executive Committee members Dorothy Isaac and Kennedy Neal were removed from the board in separate votes Tuesday after they were found in violation of the state party's constitution and bylaws by their peers.



Is Paula Deen toast in N-word controversy?

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Texas woman set to be 500th execution in state

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



GOP divided on immigration

Posted 6/26/2013 in National

Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.



UN sounds alarm on designer drug use

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Oil price falls below $95 a barrel

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Gay rights groups claim victory in Supreme Court decisions

Posted 6/26/2013 in National

In significant but incomplete victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.



U.S. tones down demands that Russia expel NSA leaker

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Men's Wearhouse escalates founder battle

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Obama begins 2nd-term drive against climate change

Posted 6/26/2013 in National



Financier Marc Rich dies in Switzerland

Posted 6/26/2013 in National


What did Narcissus say to Instagram? Selfie time!

Posted 6/26/2013 in National

In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie.

EMCC continues push for money to expand

Posted 6/25/2013 in Area

East Mississippi Community College representatives say construction projects are needed to help with an expected influx of students and workforce trainees associated with Golden Triangle industrial developments.

Legislators expect extension, not expansion of Medicaid

Posted 6/25/2013 in State

Hours after Governor Phil Bryant announced a Thursday special session of the state legislature to address Medicaid concerns, Senator Terry Burton, R-Newton, spoke with future nurse practitioners on the Mississippi University for Women campus.


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