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Former Mississippi Senator Charles Ray Nix dies at 82

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Funeral services for former state Sen. Charles Ray Nix of Batesville will be held Saturday.


Columbus CVB, West Point revamp websites

Posted 12/26/2013 in Area

Four local governing and tourism entities have overhauled their websites in time for the new year. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of West Point, Clay County and West Point Community Growth Alliance have worked with web development company Marketing Alliance on new-and-improved websites.

Columbus schools set to implement new goals

Posted 12/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is moving forward with a new strategic plan. The school board approved the plan earlier this month. It is set to take effect when school resumes in January. With six specific goals, the plan is designed to make the district more effective, said interim superintendent Edna McGill.

Design stage for Trotter update nearly complete

Posted 12/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The design process for a renovation of the Trotter Convention Center is almost done, and the 45-day bidding window for a general contractor will begin Jan. 6.

Tupelo holds vigil for killed, wounded officers

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tupelo residents have held a candlelight vigil to honor a police officer who died and a second officer who was wounded in a shootout with bank robbers.

Jobless rates down from October, but still lag

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area unemployment rates for November were down from October but mostly up from November 2012, based on data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Bond set at $500K for murder suspect

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $500,000 bond has been set for the Columbus man accused of murdering his friend last week.

Churches celebrate with special services

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several area churches are having evening services tonight and encouraging people to come and celebrate the birth of Christ.

Ranch House gets new owner, stays open

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranch House is not closing after all. The diner-style restaurant in east Columbus was scheduled to close last Sunday. Joyce Alexander, the 65-year-old who managed it for eight years, was set to retire. She still has. But the restaurant has found new ownership and the doors are staying open.


Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

'Tis the season -- for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.


Merger report draft: Commission could seek up to $20 million

Posted 12/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure unveiled a working copy of consolidation recommendations that seeks up to $20 million for construction and operation of a grades 6-7 campus on Mississippi State University land and a pre-kindergarten program created as a demonstration project.


One Tupelo officer killed, another critical

Posted 12/24/2013 in Area

A Tupelo police officer remains hospitalized after a shooting that killed 38-year-old Cpl. Gale Stauffer.



Choctaw Indians plan for casino renovation, expansion

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will borrow up to $145 million to renovate the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, the Golden Moon Casino and possibly build a casino in the Red Water community.



Miss. gets grant to protect battlefield

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The National Park Service has awarded a grant of $34,027 to the state of Mississippi for the purchase of about one acre of land at the Brice's Crossroads Battlefield.



Weak card security made Target a juicy target

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.



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