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Proposals could limit governor's pardon power

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers might ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's power to pardon convicted criminals, the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee said Monday.



Judge delays decision on pardoned inmates

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge on Monday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor.



Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, 100 hurt

Posted 1/24/2012 in Area

OAK GROVE, Ala. -- Knowing this community's history of tornadoes, Jhan Powers gets nervous anytime violent weather rolls in. While her house was spared this time, a tornado demolished nearby mobile homes -- all of which were just a short drive from a path of destruction cut just last year by a deadly twister.



Bryant speech to give policy direction for Mississippi

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll reveal detailed policy proposals during his first State of the State address.



Murder, sex crime trials set for circuit court

Posted 1/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The man accused of stabbing two doughnut-shop employees in May is scheduled for trial during the January term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. George Johnson, 21, of Weir, is accused of entering Shipley Do-Nuts on May 31 and cutting the throat of a female employee and stabbing a male employee multiple times.


In focus: Starkville Academy students showcase talent at Scholastic Art competition

Posted 1/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Before Amber Chamblee started her freshman year at Starkville Academy, she feared the school wouldn't offer the elective she most looked forward to taking. Chamblee, along with freshmen Jamie Anthony and Janiece Pigg, had been learning the ins and outs of photography since they were seventh-graders.


Clay excited to be a part of regional recruitment efforts

Posted 1/24/2012 in Business

The addition of West Point and Clay County to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link came with an enthusiastic reception. The Link board unanimously approved expanding its reach at Friday's regular quarterly meeting.



Link willing to expand its regional partnership

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The invitation is out for Oktibbeha County to join the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. Link Executive Director Joe Max Higgins said Monday he would be happy to talk with officials in Starkville about a partnership.



CVB votes to keep fully funding 'the golden goose'

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county's economic development agency survived another attempt Monday to cut its budget. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board discussed the possibility of reducing funding for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link in favor of adequately funding community festivals.



Annunciation church awarded preservation grant

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.



CVB board hears $46,000 worth of grant requests

Posted 1/24/2012 in Business

Brother, can you spare a whole bunch of dimes? Organizers of festival grants appealed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors Monday for festival grant money to help their events.



Black Women in America: Peeling Back the Labels

Posted 1/23/2012 in National



Movie set to film in Oxford

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.



Marion County students could get cash

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- In Marion County, they're giving students cash for going to school. A local business group has decided to donate $200 to each of the county's four high schools so officials can pay the sum to a student with perfect attendance.



Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.



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