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Prison riot leaves guard dead, eight injured

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during a riot at a Mississippi prison that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

Monday profile: Larnzy Carpenter finds the good in Starkville

Posted 5/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was a leisurely procession that made its way around the course during the Oktibbeha County Relay for Life at the Starkville Sportsplex on the evening of May 4. But even at a slow pace, a noticeable bottleneck formed near the northwest corner of the course, where First Baptist Church of Longview had set up its tent.


Starkville Community Market: From bugs to baked goods

Posted 5/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite the fourth warmest winter in United States history, there was plenty of produce available at the Starkville Community Market on Saturday.



Miss. jobless rate falls as labor force dips

Posted 5/19/2012 in State

Mississippi's jobless rate continued to fall in April, again because fewer people were looking for jobs.



Youth minister arrested for filming woman in dressing room

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Hamilton youth minister has been arrested for allegedly filming a woman changing clothes in a local dressing room.



Fondling case results in mistrial

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.


KiOR CEO: Local contractors to thank for early completion

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR officials are fond of noting the company, through its process of converting non-food input into gasoline and diesel, is accelerating something nature has done for a very long time. And now the development of the plant itself is on an accelerated path, as construction of KiOR's $222 million cellulosic gasoline and diesel plant -- a first for Columbus and beyond -- is complete, ahead of schedule.


United Way seeks community input on area needs

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A community can change a lot in 20 years. Service agencies open and close. Demographics shift. Things deemed important by one generation may barely register on the radar of the next. That's why the United Way of Lowndes County is seeking public input with a Community Needs Assessment Survey.



Dumas honored by TVA for sustainability efforts

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like a farmer at seedtime, there is little visible evidence of the work Jeremiah Dumas has done. Dumas, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and alderman for Starkville's 5th Ward, has been a driving force in just about every effort to bring sustainability to his campus and city.



Circuit court trials set for this week

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of the State versus Demonta Dewayne "Gangster" Gardner is scheduled to begin Monday, officials at District Attorney Forrest Allgood's office said.



Two sentenced to life in prison for 1993 Ellis murder

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The duo convicted of killing two men, including one from Columbus, were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole.



Mistrial in McElhenney fondling case

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.



Grandfather testifies in fondling trial

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jurors today are expected to begin deliberations in the trial of D.R. McElhenney, who is accused of sexually fondling his granddaughter with a back massager, after a July 19, 2009 luncheon at his home.


Fad or fortune? Facebook goes public

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Long ago, in a lexicon far, far away, "friend" was a noun and no one could unfriend anyone, because the word didn't exist. There were no Farmville crops to harvest, and if a potential paramour wanted to send you a virtual drink, you at least were on the same continent. Your old flames stayed mercifully on the back burner and your dog was too busy chasing squirrels to post photographs of himself in his Burberry field jacket.

Ulysses S. Grant: How 'bout them Dawgs!

Posted 5/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The man whose name was once a byword in Mississippi and throughout the South has found a home of sorts at Mississippi State University.


Superintendent interviews set for next week

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last June, when former city schools Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips climbed into his red truck and drove away from the district's central office, the search began for his successor.


Man arrested in Miss. highway shootings

Posted 5/18/2012 in State

Police have arrested a suspect in two fatal highway shootings in Mississippi that prompted warnings a fake officer might be pulling over victims.


Defense paints image of estranged family in fondling trial

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County jurors Wednesday heard a full day of often disturbing testimony in the case of a Columbus man, Doris "D.R." McElhenney, who was indicted in 2009 of one count of felonious fondling of his then 11-year-old granddaughter.


Gaining ground: Chef Thames prepares a locally-sourced meal

Posted 5/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As a restaurant owner and chef, Ty Thames loves watching all of those "extreme" cooking shows that litter the cable TV landscape. "I always wondered what it would be like to be on one of those shows," said Thames, co-owner and chef at Starkville's Restaurant Tyler. On Saturday, Thames won't have to wonder anymore.


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