For better or worse, there was nothing status quo in Starkville in 2013. From school consolidations to a seismic shift in city politics that claimed a well-regarded city administrator as a victim to the abrupt depature of two police chiefs to progress on the much-delayed Mill project, 2013 was a year of change.
Mississippi State is proving team record isn't the litmus test for emotion leading into a bowl game. Heading into last season's Gator Bowl, MSU was skidding into the final month of the season with four losses in its last five games.
Chris Taylor, the leader of Oktibbeha County's NAACP chapter, says he again will push for Unity Park's unveiling in early 2014 after county supervisors failed for a second straight year to formalize plans for an opening ceremony.
A caller told an emergency dispatcher that a masked man raced into a Phoenix bank and then calmly described how police gunned down the suspect minutes later as he fled with a bag of cash. "They're shooting, they're shooting," the 911 caller said. Ten seconds later: "One guy down. He's down."
It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.
In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.
The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier this morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to think twice before they get behind the wheel of a car after New Year's Eve drinking.
Lowndes County supervisors were informed during their meeting today that Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors member Leon Ellis will not seek reappointment.
The Secret Service says that the man authorities have linked to a three-state bank robbery spree, the killing of one Mississippi police officer, and wounding of another was arrested in 2010 after being accused of making online threats against the president.
The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.
Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over.
Officials from criminal justice programs and religious and civil liberties organizations are working on a program to create a Reentry Council to help former inmates become productive citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.
State Rep. Mack McInnis helped 1994 become one of the worst years for Mississippi inmates. McInnis, who died in April at age 79, wanted inmates to wear stripes. How he said it put him in the national spotlight.
In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.
A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.
Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name.
Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party.
1. Inmate dies at Lowndes County jail COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Brown picks former SHS teacher for recognition STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. Slimantics: 110-year-old poster a memento of legendary MSU-Ole Miss game COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Feeding the needy: Food drives lend helping hand for Thanksgiving COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Restaurant tax: CVB offers compromise on 2-percent tax COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY