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Southern Baptists wait on convention for name change

Posted 12/13/2011 in Area

Thomas Southerland, 68, was raised a Southern Baptist. He was steeped in a 166-year-old tradition of conservative, strict biblical beliefs. He serves as the business administrator for First Baptist Church in downtown Columbus.


Selvain McQueen named new chief

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council named Selvain McQueen the new police chief of The Friendly City on Monday with fewer than 100 words. By a vote of 4-2, the council selected McQueen as the new police chief during the special-called meeting, which lasted no more than five minutes.


Analysis: Where does the money go?

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Where does the money go? That's the most recent question from the Mississippi Supreme Court in the legal dispute over fees paid to private attorneys hired by the attorney general to handle lawsuits for the state.



Vets to guide tours at Hattiesburg museum

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- The Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum is offering a holiday open house and tours on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Albert King gets marker on Mississippi Blues Trail

Posted 12/13/2011 in State

INDIANOLA -- The late guitarist and singer Albert King is being honored on the Mississippi Blues Trail. A marker commemorating King's career is being dedicated today.



California city hosts massive 'Peanuts' Christmas display after family loses home to foreclosure

Posted 12/13/2011 in National

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Jordan created a heart-warming Christmas display of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters more than 40 years ago at his Southern California home, and it became a holiday tradition as tens of thousands of people showed up each year to see the sparkling extravaganza.



Selvain McQueen named new Columbus police chief

Posted 12/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By a vote of 4-2, the Columbus city council selected Selvain McQueen as the new police chief.



Laurel bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

LAUREL -- A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the bank where she worked.



Many indifferent as Noriega returns to Panama cell

Posted 12/12/2011 in National

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Manuel Noriega is back in his Panamanian homeland after nearly 22 years, sitting in a prison cell in a country he ruled as a personal fiefdom until U.S. troops invaded and hauled him off to a Florida jail.



Tiniest babies are growing up healthy despite odds

Posted 12/12/2011 in National

CHICAGO -- One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound.



Report: Corporal punishment on decline at state schools

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The use of corporal punishment appears to be declining at Mississippi public schools, according to a newspaper.



Carbon plant marks 20 years in Mississippi

Posted 12/12/2011 in State

PEARLINGTON -- Granulated activated carbon used to purify water, air, food and medicines has been processed in south Mississippi and shipped around the world for two decades.



EMCC GED graduate: My mother was right

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

MAYHEW -- A former "dummy" wised up this year. Lloyd Watts, 27, of Starkville was one of 23 students to receive GED diplomas Dec. 6 at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus, and one of three recipients to address the crowd of family and friends.



Columbus professor on a mission of service

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Details sparse in rape case

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Citizens weigh in on prospective police chiefs

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the heels of the Columbus police chief interviews, Columbus residents who watched the interviews weighed in with their thoughts Saturday afternoon.



How we got here: Police chief search timeline

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Columbus fiddler Ruby Jane Smith, mother rattled by carjacking in Houston, Texas

Posted 12/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a frightening scenario, Columbus native and teen fiddle phenom Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith, were carjacked and held at gunpoint near midnight Thursday in Houston, Texas, following a show at the Dosey Doe with Paul Thorn.


Lowndes sets new superintendent's salary

Posted 12/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lynn Wright assumes the seat as Lowndes County School superintendent in January, he'll enter office making 40 percent more than his predecessor's starting salary, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county school board during Friday's meeting.



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