WASHINGTON -- A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing. No injuries were immediately reported.
The New Hope Volunteer Fire Department is moving to a larger building and a new location, partially to meet growing needs and partially to escape what many in the area call a "nightmare" -- traffic congestion on New Hope Road during the school year.
Most nominees were decided three weeks ago, and each party has only one statewide race on Tuesday's ballot. Democrats are choosing a nominee for governor, and Republicans are choosing one for state treasurer.
A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.
STARKVILLE -- About 9,000 Oktibbeha County residents are getting new addresses, as part of an effort to make the 911 system more efficient.
A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.
Columbus-Lowndes emergency response agencies, in cooperation with Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, will conduct a disaster drill on Aug. 31, at approximately 8 a.m. on the MUW campus.
Columbus Police faced a litany of aliases and a suspect with no pants when they were called out to a burglary in progress Thursday night. Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Kamesha Cribbs, 32, of 1106 Fifth Ave. N., called at 11:25 p.m. to report someone had kicked in her back door and was inside the house. When police arrived, they found the back door open and glass on the steps.
The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the South's most talented artists, and 2011 will be no exception, pledged Martha Allen, executive director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance. More than 35 fine arts applications have been accepted, and additional entries are expected for the Sept. 3 event.
STARKVILLE -- For runoff candidates in Oktibbeha County, much of their campaigning over the last three weeks has centered around getting voters to show up and vote for them again.
In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.
Johnny DuPree doesn't need to be overly charismatic or wow crowds with eloquent speeches about how he plans to change the state of Mississippi. He's done it, albeit at a local level.
Not being a career politician is a quality Bill Luckett thinks Mississippi needs in its next governor.
In life, he was the keeper of history. Presidential photographs, letters, memos, campaign materials -- nothing escaped the thin fingers and sharp eyes of the Columbus native who lived simply and died simply but touched time, leaving a signature of his own.
Dr. John Fields isn't heading to Hollywood just yet, but he had such a ball as an extra in "The Help," he might have to give it some thought.
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