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North Korea vows no softening under its new leader

Posted 12/30/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.


Fire damages Oktibbeha County home

Posted 12/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Oktibbeha County firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire Thursday that damaged a wall but didn't injure occupants.


Some Highway 82 crash victims still in hospital

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 41-year-old Crawford woman was released from the hospital after a Wednesday wreck on Highway 82 West. Other crash victims transported to medical facilities remain hospitalized, including a 6-year-old girl who was airlifted to Jackson.



Lowndes supports water extension to Frisco Road

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents with water problems on Frisco Road found sympathetic ears at Thursday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting. The board voted unanimously to co-sign a letter from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District asking the state development authority to designate it an emergency project.



Contract signed: WCBI remains on DirecTV

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



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