More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state's higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi's historically white public universities to be led by a black man.
Children of all ages will have an opportunity to hone their creative talents Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum stage a Valentine Adventure from 10 a.m. to noon.
Two more candidates have qualified to seek seats on the Starkville Board of Aldermen in the 2013 municipal elections.
For the second time in less than six months, Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The Main Street Columbus board announced in a press release Thursday that Nickie Nicholson had been terminated, just seven weeks after she started the job.
It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.
From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.
Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.
A proposed bill calling for the mandatory consolidation of school districts in Oktibbeha County and Starkville passed through the Mississippi House Education Committee Thursday, but not without some amendments to the original text.
Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.
Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.
A Crawford man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after he allegedly abducted his girlfriend and held her against her will in early January.
A truckload of fireworks intended for Lunar New Year celebrations went off Friday in a massive, deadly explosion that destroyed part of an elevated highway in central China, sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground.
Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.
Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick.
Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.
Mark Hasse was a top-notch prosecutor in northeast Texas with a "passion for putting away bad guys" and never shied from taking on cases involving dangerous people or organizations, his former colleagues say.
Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. But with most Democrats in his corner, an unflustered Hagel seems headed for approval as defense secretary.
Viking Range Corp.'s new owner is laying off one-fifth of the company's workers.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within "a bigger context of God's plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage."
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