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Holiday hangover: Shoppers flock to the stores to snap up bargains

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Retail stores around the nation, including in the Golden Triangle, have seen an influx of shoppers this holiday season, with bargain hunters flooding the aisles to snap up last-minute deals for others as well as themselves.

Six days in September: Shooting deaths of three men remain a mystery

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fisherman noticed the body near a boat landing at the Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area off Highway 69.

CPD distributes presents for the children

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes County homes, Sunday will be the end to a hectic season of giving and receiving. At the Columbus Police Department, Thursday was the climactic ending to its annual Christmas Toy Drive.

After carjacking, Columbus fiddler and mom find comfort back home

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just when it's needed most, there's no place like home -- at least for 17-year-old Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith. Two weeks after being carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in Houston, Texas, the Columbus natives are home for Christmas.


Columbus firefighters give instead of receive

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue is doing its part to give back to the community this Christmas season. Battalion Chief Martin Andrews took time out on Friday to talk about a new initiative called CFR Gives. Through the program, the fire department raises money to give to those in need to help make their holiday season better.


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.



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