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Newell appeals Slab House manslaughter conviction

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Alabama man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for manslaughter in a 2008 shooting death at a Mississippi bar has appealed his conviction to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. James "Chuck" Newell was sentenced in 2012 in Lowndes County Circuit Court in the slaying of Adrian Boyette.

Putin: Troops have pulled back from border

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin softened his tone in the confrontation with the West on Wednesday, declaring that Russia has pulled its troops away from the Ukrainian border and calling for a delay of Sunday's referendum on autonomy in Ukraine's restive east.


Federal agents targeting synthetic drugs in crackdown

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product.



Atheist group renews suit on Rankin school prayer

Posted 5/8/2014 in State

A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer.



GM recalls challenge company

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7.



Marriages and divorces 5-8-14

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business



Bible curriculum part of Hobby Lobby chief's evangelization push

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Steve Green's faith led him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he's argued the nation's new health care law and its requirement that his business provide certain types of birth control to employees violates his religious freedoms.


Boko Haram leader vaulted into headlines

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Tugging on his winter hat, the Islamic militant leader declared with a sneer: "I will sell women."


Building permits 5-8-14

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business



No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.


MSMS students to perform in historic Sandfield Cemetery

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students will perform an "8th of May Emancipation Celebration" in a Columbus cemetery Thursday.

Andrews named permanent fire chief

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Martin Andrews' family broke out in applause upon learning the 'interim' title was removed from his job position. "Martin Andrews: Fire Chief," one of his supporters exclaimed.

Residents question disaster response

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two East Columbus residents informed the Columbus City Council Tuesday night that there was a lack of timely response to address issues stemming from the April 28 tornado.

Urban renewal area established

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After holding a public hearing and informational session Tuesday, Columbus councilmen established an urban renewal area and will soon advertise for applicants for a five-member redevelopment authority.

Wynn is focus of ethics complaint

An Open Meetings Act complaint against Starkville aldermen alleges Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn and other city representatives repeatedly participate in secret meetings and seeks a full state investigation into a pattern that dates to July 1.


Deputy charged in death of coach

Posted 5/7/2014 in State

Family and friends of a youth basketball coach called for swift justice Tuesday against two Mississippi sheriff's deputies accused of assaulting their son after a recreational league game and causing injuries that led to his death.



Caledonia resident given more time to clean up property

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia property owner has another month to continue cleaning up his Sanders Lane yard after neighbors gave the town's board of aldermen a petition asking that the area be cleaned in April.


Council studies issues with shelter

Posted 5/7/2014 in Area

After more than a year, the above-ground tornado shelter located at Vernon's municipal complex was put to the test for the first time on April 28.


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