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Schools close early ahead of severe storm

Posted 4/4/2011 in Area

Some Golden Triangle-area schools let students out early as tornado watches and warnings broke out across north Mississippi and storms pushed toward Alabama this afternoon.



Analysis: Miss. lawmakers haven't ignored obesity issue

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Mississippi usually tops most rankings for the unhealthiest or fattest states, but lawmakers can't be accused of ignoring the problem.



Storms sweep through Miss., Ala.

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

The National Weather Service says a storm system from the west was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds into Mississippi today.



New state law targets parents who allow teens to drink

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute parents who host drinking parties for teenagers.


Monday Profile: Spruill works behind scenes for Starkville

There are certain people you don't want to stack yourself up against. Lynn Spruill is one of those people.


Man shot at Caledonia house party; 81-year-old arrested

Posted 4/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as a friendly gathering Sunday ended with a shooting, when a house guest turned to gunfire.



Public redistricting hearing set for Monday

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The issue that's heated the supervisors' boardroom for the past weeks goes to the public on Monday. Though public interest in the plan seems to be limited, there are some groups planning to attend the meeting, in objection to the redistricting plan.



Condition of man involved in motorcycle wreck upgraded

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man who was critically injured in a motorcycle wreck Thursday was upgraded to "fair" condition Saturday in Jackson.


Community comes together for unity picnic

Posted 4/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sitting on the grass in the shade at the annual unity picnic Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk, Mattie Walls said things couldn't be much better.


Starkville faces big decisions after charrette

With the charrette passed, Starkville has some decisions to make.



Municipal complex committee ready to make final recommendations

The end is near for the city's municipal complex building committee. The nine-member citizen committee has been meeting every two weeks or so for the past six months working to solve the conundrum of Starkville's need for a new building to house administrators, police or both.



Murder charge dropped in Clay County case

Posted 4/1/2011 in Area

A judge has dismissed a murder count filed against Robert Rupert in the 1994 death of Carlos Carr.



Marsha Barbour: Thought of presidential race 'horrifies me'

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's wife says the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."



10-year-old girl dies in Bolivar County school bus crash

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Fog may have been a factor when a school bus and a tractor-trailer collided on a rural Mississippi highway Friday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.


United Way celebrates Lowndes fundraisers, volunteers

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As William Corder passed the torch to a new United Way of Lowndes County president Thursday, he reminded contributors how far-reaching their gifts are.

Charrette planners: Oxford's loss is Starkville's gain

Starkville is "Mississippi's college town." That was the identity and marketing strategy put forth by the visiting Mississippi Main Street Association charrette team Thursday at the end of the charrette's final presentation.

Commander who inherited notorious Iraq prison recounts cleanup

Posted 4/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Col. Robert Thomas arrived at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, he said it was like stepping into a scene from the war movie "Apocalypse Now."


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