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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.



Marriages and divorces 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces from Dec. 14 - 21



Building Permits 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Building permits from Dec 6.- Dec. 14



Lowndes Arrest Report 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:



Navistar announces field-service contract

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Navistar Defense LLC on Wednesday announced that it received a $134 million delivery order for field service representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command.



1996 murder case ends in manslaughter plea

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edward Lamon Blunt was outside WACR in his car waiting for a friend who was a disc jockey at the radio station on 14th Avenue North in Columbus. A man approached his vehicle claiming to be God.


Reserve policeman accused of embezzlement

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- A Columbus Police Department reserve officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement. Eric Maurice Lewis, 39, of 1617 23rd St. N. in Columbus is an employee at Lowe's Home Improvement on Military Road.


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