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Victory Christian senior injured in auto accident returns to the court

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smile lights up the gym. Marcus Sims dribbles the basketball to the corner of the court and launches a 3-pointer. He moves to greet a visitor before returning to the court to join Anthony Sharp in an impromptu game of one-on-one.

P.S. I love you: Family Readiness Group sends boxes to Afghanistan

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Their soldiers have been gone barely a month, but the family members of the Mississippi National Guard's 223rd Engineer Battalion are reaching out with Cheetos, chewing gum and ChapStick.


Skyping around the Christmas tree: Guard families stick close to loved ones

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maybe he didn't put on the lights, but he watched and supervised from afar. Really far. A U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Matt Thompson joined his fiancée and their children via Skype to decorate the family Christmas tree.


Reflections on a presidency: Brigham catching her breath after 18-month tenure

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was her time. Mississippi University for Women and its alumni had warred in court, and seemingly ever-present talks of closure and a name change hung over the historic campus like a humid August day by the time Allegra Brigham was asked to take the helm of her beloved alma mater. "You are the perfect person for this time in MUW's history," the person on the other end of the phone said.

Friends, neighbors reach out to fire victims

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neighbors are reaching out to a Lowndes County family that lost almost all possessions just four days before Christmas.

BancorpSouth consolidates Columbus services; downtown branch closes

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

BancorpSouth has consolidated its services in Columbus with a new 8,200-square foot building on Highway 45 North.


New school trustee eager to get started

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newest member of the Columbus Municipal School District board of trustees is a wife, working mother and volunteer with two children in the school system.



Land donated for Starkville community park

Posted 12/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Parks Commission recently accepted a donation of a 1.04-acre plot of land in an undeveloped section of Greenbriar subdivision on South Montgomery Street.



State agricultural high school celebrates 100th anniversary

Posted 12/22/2011 in State



Mississippi death row inmate loses appeal

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Roger Lee Gillett, who was sentenced to death for his role in the 2004 slaying of a Hattiesburg couple.



Judge puts Facebook suit on hold

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

OXFORD -- A federal judge has put a hold on a Mississippi woman's lawsuit against Facebook. The Oxford Eagle reports that U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander agreed to stay the lawsuit at Facebook's request.



Sentencing set for man in counterfeit money case

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

GREENVILLE -- A man accused of using counterfeit money at stores and yard sales in north Mississippi is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 30 in federal court in Greenville.



Barbour to return to lobbying firm

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he'll return to the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he founded in 1991



State casino revenue decline continues in November

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- November has been a bad month for Mississippi casinos in recent years, but last month plumbed new lows.



NTSB issues report on 2010 Mississippi plane crash

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A plane crash in Mississippi that killed a Georgia businessman and his wife in 2010 was probably caused by the man flying into known bad weather and the air traffic controller's failure to provide required precipitation information, federal authorities said.



BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



Columbus firefighters graduate from fire academy

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Firefighters Eric Minga, Damon S. Estes, Will R. McReynolds, and Theophilus J. Brand of Columbus Fire Department all graduated from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter course at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.



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