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Contract signed: WCBI remains on DirecTV

Posted 12/30/2011 in Business

Columbus' local CBS affiliate will remain on the air with DirecTV satellite broadcasting service. "There will be no interruption," said Dean Hinson, president of Morris Network. Morris Multimedia Inc. in Savannah, Ga. owns WCBI.


Columbus teen charged with shooting another boy

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One teenager was sent to the hospital and another was arrested after a shooting that put a Columbus business on lockdown. Thursday morning, 17-year-old Brandon Perry encountered another 17-year-old whom he argued with previously, according to Terrie Songer, public information officer for the Columbus Police Department.


BP money buys sports towels, Christmas lights, jingles

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Sports towels and fleece blankets. A poker tournament. A $1 million Christmas display. A prom for senior citizens. BP gas card giveaways. A "most deserving mom" contest. And advertising, lots of advertising.


Sears at Leigh Mall to close

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Sears store at Leigh Mall is one of three that Sears Holdings plans to close in Mississippi. However, employees at the store were not aware of the closure late Thursday afternoon.


Charter school advocates look to change Mississippi law

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican control of Mississippi government could bring a new charter school law, and supporters are working on proposals.



Two dead, 61 hurt in 40-vehicle New Orleans pileup

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in a pre-dawn pileup involving about 40 cars, vans and other vehicles on a busy interstate that crosses New Orleans, closing the route for hours both ways, police said.



McCoy ready to enjoy retirement

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

TUPELO -- State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersvlle, says once Billy McCoy, his legislative deskmate for the past 28 years, went weeks without speaking to him because, "I made a bad vote. Everybody is entitled to one mistake."



Familiar budget shortfall faces new Mississippi leaders

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers and Gov.-elect Phil Bryant will face a difficult task in crafting a state budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.



Cow killed, car towed after crash

Posted 12/29/2011 in Area

CLAY COUNTY -- A mother and infant child escaped injury after their car collided with a cow Tuesday night. The cow wasn't as fortunate.



Crawford BBQ joint gets smoked

Posted 12/29/2011 in Area

A staple barbecue joint in Crawford caught fire Wednesday morning.



Lowndes Arrest Report 12-29-11

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:



Lowndes suspect nabbed in Plantersville

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plantersville police arrested a man last week who is suspected in a Lowndes County armed robbery. Levelle Deshay Grandberry, 23, of 746 Gatlin Road in Columbus, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and receiving stolen property, according to a news release from the Plantersville Police Department.


Local school districts struggle to keep up with a digital world

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The necessity of computers in the classroom is forcing school districts into an awkward tango between needs, wants and the ever-present knowledge that no matter how fast administrators dance, they will always be one step behind.


WCBI, DirecTV expect contract soon

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WCBI-TV and DirecTV expect a new contract soon for satellite carry of the local CBS affiliate, spokesmen for both companies said Wednesday afternoon. And the proverbial clock is ticking.


Highway 82 wreck sends five to hospital

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 6-year-old child was airlifted from Columbus to Jackson after receiving injuries in a two-car collision on Highway 82 Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATE: 17-year-old shot; police have suspect in custody

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting this morning.



North Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

Posted 12/28/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day Wednesday, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.



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