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Appeals court hears case over Mississippi girl's rape

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A south Mississippi school district is asking a federal appeal court to throw out a lawsuit claiming a 9-year-old student was repeatedly raped by a man who checked her out of school six times without authorization.



Hard Rock explores expansion options

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

BILOXI -- Hard Rock Casino Biloxi is considering building a 12-story hotel tower that would add 154 hotel rooms.


'Done deal': Marshall Academy football coach plans to take job at Heritage

Posted 1/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"It's pretty much a done deal." Those were Barrett Donahoe's words this morning when he was asked if he had officially become the new football coach at Heritage Academy.


BancorpSouth profits drop, company to sell stock

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit dropped even as it cut loan losses. The regional bank, with $13 billion in assets, posted a profit of $13.3 million, or 16 cents per share, in the last three months of 2011. That's down 16 percent from $15.8 million, or 19 cents per share, in 2010's fourth quarter.


Arrest made in sexual assault at laundromat

Posted 1/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at a Main Street laundromat was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon.


Renasant Corp.'s fourth quarter profit rises

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- Renasant Corp. says fourth-quarter profit rose on the strength of its expansion.



Southaven stops paying stipend to mayor

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- A $145,000 annual salary already makes Southaven Mayor Greg Davis one of the highest-paid public officials in Mississippi. But the city also has been paying the mayor a little-known $35,000-a-year stipend for supervising water and sewer operations.



Bond set for woman charged in gunplay shooting

Posted 1/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman charged with murder had a six-figure bond set Tuesday. Police have charged Kalmesha Denise Jackson, 23, of 810 Eighth St. S. in Columbus, with murder.


Women press on in goal to share historic hobby

Posted 1/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Letterpress printers are asked to print all kinds of things. Greeting cards. Marriage proposals. Wedding invitations. So when 7-year-old Paxton Garrard strode into Jessica Peterson's shop Wednesday afternoon and coolly asked to make a print of Godzilla, she didn't blink an eye.

5-year-old girl, grandmother die in Lowndes county firee

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A grandmother and her 5-year-old granddaughter died in a mobile home fire Wednesday afternoon in the Plum Grove community, near the Lowndes County and Noxubee County line.

Crime dominates council discussion

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith assured residents Tuesday he is doing all he can to curtail crime in The Friendly City. Smith read a letter addressed to all Columbus residents, and the council spoke to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen about ways to prevent crime.

Iguanas and Madonna: Bryan's Records and Pets to close after six decades

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The sign on the door says closed, but the door opens regularly, a massive ring of keys dangling from the keyhole. Customers enter and chat easily with the store's owners. They exchange handshakes.

The W needs more men -- and women, Borsig says

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

January has been a month of firsts for Dr. Jim Borsig, Mississippi University for Women's new president. This week marked another first -- public speaking outside the campus environment.


State plans teacher evaluation system

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

TUPELO -- The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year.



Police hiring lawsuit settled

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

ABERDEEN -- A settlement has been announced between the city of Tupelo and former police recruit Latana Williams.


Lowndes sheriff's office makes arrests in burglaries

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities have a second suspect in custody from a mid-December burglary. Billy Ross Petty Jr., 35, of 1124 Sixth Ave. N. in Columbus, was taken into custody Sunday after a deputy saw him walking along Sixth Avenue North in Columbus, Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said.


Looking toward the future: Starkville to focus on long-term improvements

Posted 1/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Board of Aldermen debated establishing a litter program at its weekend retreat, but members took no action.



Police chiefs meet at WH to discuss terror fight

Posted 1/18/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists.



Columbia student hit by car after exiting bus

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- A 13-year-old Columbia student was hit by a car while trying to cross a street after getting off a school bus.



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