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Taking control: Sheriff's office encourages citizens to be its eyes and ears

Posted 1/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- At night, it's easy to miss the driveway leading to the red brick church. It's dark along Highway 12 East, heading into Caledonia. There are clusters of houses and then there are none.


Oktibbeha County Arrest Reports 1-20-12

Posted 1/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15, according to the Oktibbeha County jail. Unless otherwise noted, the sheriff's department made the arrests.



Starkville Northside residents: Snakes alive!

Posted 1/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

St. Patrick and his power to banish snakes are needed after the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday against a measure that would have resolved flooding and creepy-crawly issues along Northside Drive by the end of this year.



Southerland promoted

Posted 1/19/2012 in Business

BankPlus announced that Ann Southerland was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer.



McRae named Top 50 Bank Rep

Posted 1/19/2012 in Business

Bank Investment Consultant magazine named John McRae to its 2011 list of Top 50 Bank Reps. The magazine chose the honorees based on five variables: assets under management, production, asset growth, percentage of fee business and production-per-assets.



Marriages and divorces 1-19-12

Posted 1/19/2012 in Business

Marriages and divorces Jan. 12 - 18



Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11

Posted 1/19/2012 in National

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Kodak's moment has come and gone. The glory days when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn't capitalize on. Now comes a wistful worry that this icon of American business is edging toward extinction.



Mississippi hospitals won't try to kill tax for Medicaid

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won't fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid.



Cellphone crackdown in Mississippi prisons

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Beginning in February, Mississippi inmates caught with cellphones will lose all privileges.



Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi's effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.



Ocean Springs talks noise with businesses

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

OCEAN SPRINGS -- City leaders in Ocean Springs say establishing a noise ordinance to shield downtown neighborhoods from bustling late-night businesses will require negotiation.



Building Permits 1-19-12

Posted 1/19/2012 in Business

Building Permits Jan. 10 - Jan. 16



USDA: $5.4M for Miss. in disaster funds

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi is set to get $5.4 million in disaster aid from the Department of Agriculture.


Police make marijuana arrest while investigating call

Posted 1/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police responded to Kermit Street for a call of shots fired, but the incident turned into a drug arrest.


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.



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