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As heat rises, so does demand for watermelons

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the temperature cranks up with the arrival of summer, people search for a cool refreshing treat to be the centerpiece of their back yard barbecues and family get-togethers. For many, they look no further than the watermelon.


Community coordinator's exit won't interrupt programs

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials say community service programs will continue as normal this summer despite the retirement of coordinator and 29-year employee Sylvester Harris.


McConnell can't resist the call of the kids

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Dr. Germain McConnell was enjoying life with his family in Oxford, his ambition focused on a deanship at the University of Mississippi, where he had served as assistant dean since 2003.


Census outlines state's school spending

Posted 5/28/2013 in State

At least once a year, Mississippi lawmakers have the same basic argument about education funding. One side says: You can't fix public schools by throwing money at them. The other side retorts: How would anyone know? The state has never tried it.


Time an issue with Ward 4 primary challenge

Posted 5/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The clock is ticking on Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's request for a new election. Gaskin's attorney, Matthew Wilson, formally challenged the May 7 Democratic Primary Friday, but the Starkville Democratic Municipal Election Committee had yet to take action on the request by Monday. As of today, seven days remain until the June 4 general election.

Chaney fears some won't get insurance

Posted 5/28/2013 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he fears some people won't be able to get health insurance when enrollment under the federal law opens in October.


Sales of camp sites throw Girl Scouts into turmoil

Posted 5/28/2013 in National



Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

Posted 5/28/2013 in National



UK police arrest 10th suspect in soldier's slaying

Posted 5/28/2013 in National

British police arrested a 10th suspect Monday in connection with the vicious street killing of a soldier in London, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.


WWII Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

Posted 5/28/2013 in National

Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved.

New committee to explore development on the Island

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island's future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options for the once-popular property.

Mastectomy: Radical or sensible?

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When actress Angelina Jolie recently revealed she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, it was a very personal decision that sparked a very public debate.


MUW celebrates nursing milestone

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has much to celebrate this month, from its 40th anniversary to learning this week that it is now the largest nursing program in the state.


Gaskin challenges Ward 4 race, seeking new election

Posted 5/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's attorney, Matthew Wilson, confirmed he has formally challenged the May 7 Democratic primary and is seeking a new election during the June 4 general election.


Political landscape changes with improving economy

Posted 5/25/2013 in National

Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama's watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats.



Judge declines to dismiss West Point lawsuit

Posted 5/25/2013 in Area

A federal judge won't dismiss a lawsuit that argues the city of West Point and a local nightclub are liable for injuries to an underage driver, who authorities say was driving while intoxicated after drinking at the club.



Troopers out in force for weekend

Posted 5/25/2013 in State



Rheta Johnson: Fine art on layaway

Posted 5/25/2013 in National

There was this glorious routine. My Mississippi Coast visits in the 1980s were frequent, full and never varied. Every nice weekend, three or four of us newspaper buddies would pool our resources, fill up the Mustang with cheap gas and drive down from Jackson to catch the first ferry to Ship Island. That was the main event.



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