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DuPree wins Democratic nomination for Miss. gov

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Democrat Johnny DuPree made history Tuesday as the first black candidate in modern times to win a major-party nomination for Mississippi governor.

 

Run-off results for Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local election results, updated through the night.

 

Libyan rebels storm seat of Gadhafi's power

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Hundreds of Libyan rebels blasted through the green gates of Moammar Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli Tuesday after five hours of intense fighting around it. They beat and killed some of those who defended it, fired celebratory shots in the air and hauled off crates of weapons and trucks with guns mounted on the back.

 

 

Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing. No injuries were immediately reported.

 

New fire station in New Hope could mean faster response time

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The New Hope Volunteer Fire Department is moving to a larger building and a new location, partially to meet growing needs and partially to escape what many in the area call a "nightmare" -- traffic congestion on New Hope Road during the school year.

 

Polls open 12 hours Tuesday in Miss. for runoffs

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

Most nominees were decided three weeks ago, and each party has only one statewide race on Tuesday's ballot. Democrats are choosing a nominee for governor, and Republicans are choosing one for state treasurer.

 

 

Author's letter is focal point in 'The Help' suit

Posted 8/23/2011 in State

A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.

 

 

New address system designed to improve emergency reponse

Posted 8/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- About 9,000 Oktibbeha County residents are getting new addresses, as part of an effort to make the 911 system more efficient.

 

 

Pit-bull owner cited for child attack

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.

 

 

Emergency management: This is only a drill

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes emergency response agencies, in cooperation with Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, will conduct a disaster drill on Aug. 31, at approximately 8 a.m. on the MUW campus.

 

Two arrested during Fifth Avenue North burglary

Posted 8/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police faced a litany of aliases and a suspect with no pants when they were called out to a burglary in progress Thursday night. Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Kamesha Cribbs, 32, of 1106 Fifth Ave. N., called at 11:25 p.m. to report someone had kicked in her back door and was inside the house. When police arrived, they found the back door open and glass on the steps.

 

Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Fine arts and fun flourish at Prairie Arts

Posted 8/21/2011 in Area

The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the South's most talented artists, and 2011 will be no exception, pledged Martha Allen, executive director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance. More than 35 fine arts applications have been accepted, and additional entries are expected for the Sept. 3 event.

 

 

Runnoff candidates urge voters to return to polls

Posted 8/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For runoff candidates in Oktibbeha County, much of their campaigning over the last three weeks has centered around getting voters to show up and vote for them again.

 

 

Low turnout expected for primary runoffs

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.

 

 

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