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Laurel bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

LAUREL -- A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the bank where she worked.



Many indifferent as Noriega returns to Panama cell

Posted 12/12/2011 in National

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Manuel Noriega is back in his Panamanian homeland after nearly 22 years, sitting in a prison cell in a country he ruled as a personal fiefdom until U.S. troops invaded and hauled him off to a Florida jail.



Tiniest babies are growing up healthy despite odds

Posted 12/12/2011 in National

CHICAGO -- One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound.



Report: Corporal punishment on decline at state schools

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The use of corporal punishment appears to be declining at Mississippi public schools, according to a newspaper.



Carbon plant marks 20 years in Mississippi

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

PEARLINGTON -- Granulated activated carbon used to purify water, air, food and medicines has been processed in south Mississippi and shipped around the world for two decades.



EMCC GED graduate: My mother was right

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

MAYHEW -- A former "dummy" wised up this year. Lloyd Watts, 27, of Starkville was one of 23 students to receive GED diplomas Dec. 6 at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus, and one of three recipients to address the crowd of family and friends.



Columbus professor on a mission of service

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Details sparse in rape case

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Citizens weigh in on prospective police chiefs

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the heels of the Columbus police chief interviews, Columbus residents who watched the interviews weighed in with their thoughts Saturday afternoon.



How we got here: Police chief search timeline

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Columbus fiddler Ruby Jane Smith, mother rattled by carjacking in Houston, Texas

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a frightening scenario, Columbus native and teen fiddle phenom Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith, were carjacked and held at gunpoint near midnight Thursday in Houston, Texas, following a show at the Dosey Doe with Paul Thorn.


Lowndes sets new superintendent's salary

Posted 12/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lynn Wright assumes the seat as Lowndes County School superintendent in January, he'll enter office making 40 percent more than his predecessor's starting salary, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county school board during Friday's meeting.


Saturday Profile: Pitty-Pats closing its doors after 32 years

Posted 12/10/2011 in Business

They came from places as far away as Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. They brought their children and later their grandchildren. For more than three decades, the little house, nestled beneath a canopy of pines on Crescent Drive, was a one-stop shop of wonders and curiosities to suit the young as well as the young at heart. And the reason for it all was Pitty-Pat's, a locally owned gift shop specializing in hard-to-find, high-end gifts and collectibles ranging from Italian-made Fontanini Nativity sets to tussy mussy bouquets made by an artisan in Artesia.

Middle-schoolers humbled by work at local soup kitchen

Posted 12/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The air was filled with the smell of a holiday-style meal and the sounds of Christmas carols Friday afternoon as the Caledonia Middle School Beta Club, along with members of Broadacres United Methodist Church and Central United Methodist Church, served food at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Columbus.


Town and Tower Club presents service awards

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town and Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its annual holiday luncheon at Mississippi University for Women, Tuesday. This year's recipients were MUW interim President Allegra Brigham, who received the Campus Award, and the 2011 Heritage Academy senior class, which received the Community Award for the Patriot Park project.



Volunteer Starkville hosts Party with a Purpose

Posted 12/9/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteerism gets a boost Dec. 16 with the inaugural Party With a Purpose.



Yard sale to help New Hope fire victims with Christmas

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

NEW HOPE -- A Wednesday morning fire delivered moderate damage to Tiffany Davis' house at 3516 Highway 50 E. in New Hope. However, the family lost most of their possessions and the Christmas presents for Caitlyn Perrigen, 5, and Brandon Perrigen, 8.


Columbus police chief candidate interviews: chief could be named Monday

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three finalists, two from out of town and one from Columbus, attempted to sway the Columbus City Council into appointing them the new police chief.

Copple sentenced to life: 'Please forgive me'

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public may never know exactly what happened in that little downtown Columbus tavern on the morning of Feb. 16, defense attorney Steve Wallace said. But a 12-person Lowndes County jury composed of eight men and four women found Daniel Paul Copple guilty Thursday of murdering Mark Caudill and James Bennett Mann II on that morning inside the Elbow Room Lounge. Jurors received the case about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning and returned with the verdict about 1:30 that afternoon.


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