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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.


Local school districts struggle to keep up with a digital world

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The necessity of computers in the classroom is forcing school districts into an awkward tango between needs, wants and the ever-present knowledge that no matter how fast administrators dance, they will always be one step behind.


WCBI, DirecTV expect contract soon

Posted 12/29/2011 in Business

WCBI-TV and DirecTV expect a new contract soon for satellite carry of the local CBS affiliate, spokesmen for both companies said Wednesday afternoon. And the proverbial clock is ticking.


Highway 82 wreck sends five to hospital

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 6-year-old child was airlifted from Columbus to Jackson after receiving injuries in a two-car collision on Highway 82 Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATE: 17-year-old shot; police have suspect in custody

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting this morning.



North Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

Posted 12/28/2011 in National

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's next leader escorted his father's hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day Wednesday, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped their feet in grief for Kim Jong Il.



State timber business slowly rebounding

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products.



Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has earned a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.



Ripley Mayor Kerry Hill dies

Posted 12/28/2011 in State

RIPLEY -- The body of Ripley Mayor Kerry W. Hill was found Tuesday at his residence. He was 75.



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