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OCSO arrests five in connection with home invasion

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Three men and two juveniles were arrested and charged with four counts of armed robbery following a Dec. 4 home invasion.



Edwards leaves light and water board for business interests

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jabari Edwards is ready to move on and focus on his business endeavors and personal interests. "It's time for me, at this point of my life, as my business interests grow, it's time for me to get focused on my business interests and personal endeavors," he said.


Lowndes officers find pot while looking for guns

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County investigators and Metro Narcotics Unit personnel arrested a woman Thursday afternoon after about $25,000 worth of marijuana was found inside her apartment. Myisha Meady, 25, of 247 William Roberts Road, Apt. 580, in Columbus, was arrested at her apartment complex.


GTRA to host CAFB flight training during runway construction

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport will be a temporary home for pilots training at Columbus Air Force Base. GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey said some classes and training flights will relocate to the airport next summer while the 50-year-old runway at the air base is repaved.


Saturday Profile: Nativity animals have their say

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger". Luke 2:15-16, King James Version.

Liberty men hole up in houses; at liberty no more

Posted 12/16/2011 in Area

In separate incidents Wednesday, two people barricaded themselves in their West Alabama homes to keep law enforcement at bay.

Pileup sends pregnant woman to hospital

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A four-vehicle wreck Thursday in Columbus resulted in a seven-months pregnant woman being taken to the hospital. The incident happened at around 8 p.m. on Highway 45 North in front of Pepper's.


Investigation continues into commercial truck, pickup crash

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More details about a Wednesday morning wreck that sent two men to the hospital emerged Thursday. The wreck happened at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 45 North and Cal Kolola Road in front of the Chevron gas station. Travis Silvers, 29, of Macon, and Joe Raspberry, 66, of Hamilton, were the two drivers involved in the crash.



Chief deputy: Rape arrest was the result of months-long investigation

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 52-year-old man arrested last week is accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrest reports, William Clay Hall of 1794 Steens Road in Steens was arrested Dec. 6 at his residence at about 8 a.m. on a charge of statutory rape.



Clover Project enlists Santa's help

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Clover Street Project never rests. The nonprofit agency, which serves underprivileged youth throughout the Golden Triangle, is especially active during the holidays.



22 finalists for schools chief; no names yet

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The names are in, but the public will have to wait until January to know who's in the running for superintendent of Starkville School District. The district board of trustees met Thursday with the Mississippi School Boards Association, which provided the results of 23 interviews for the vacant position. Interviews were conducted in Clinton.



Antebellum homes open doors for holiday tour

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Garlands and greenery, themed trees and period decor will greet visitors touring five antebellum landmarks during Saturday's Holiday Home Tour presented by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.



Lawyer seeks bond while Holliman awaits retrial

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new trial for Brian Holliman has not been set, but the defense made a motion to reinstate the previous bond.



Port Authority renews Logistic lease

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority renewed the lease with the company that runs the terminal.



Coroner asks county for pauper burial policy

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county needs to establish a policy for handling the remains of those deemed as paupers, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant told the Board of Supervisors on Thursday.



Court overturns 2009 porn conviction

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The conviction of a New Hope man for possession of child pornography was reversed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.



Texas drought takes cow numbers down by 600,000, despite higher beef demand

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The worst drought in Texas' history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state's cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.



Poll: More than half say Obama should lose

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Entering 2012, President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are essentially a 50-50 proposition, with a majority saying the president deserves to be voted out of office despite concerns about the Republican alternatives, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.



BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP in a legal settlement, BP said Friday.



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