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Smithville focuses on recovery

Posted 4/30/2012 in Area

A majority of the Smithville population was in attendance at Saturday's Smithville Memorial Day when Governor Phil Bryant presented Mayor Gregg Kennedy with a check for $13,732.16 to help pay debris removal costs.



Colleges schedule spring graduations

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University.



Noxubee Wildlife Refuge gets new manager

Posted 4/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named a new manager for a national wildlife refuge in Mississippi and one in Alabama.


Church hosts a special night for area teens and adults

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some it was the first foray into fine ladies' frippery, the first time to dab perfume on earlobes, string pearls around necks, slip satin shoes upon feet. For others, it was the first time to step beyond the watchful eye of parents and caretakers, even if the exhilarating taste of independence lasted only the seven minutes required for the limousine to loop the block. For nearly all of the prom-goers, it was the first time to be escorted down the red carpet, surrounded by a throng of people, buoyed by a chorus of cheers.

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, victims

Posted 4/28/2012 in Area

For Columbus resident Curley Williams, it was just another day. She was pushing a cart at a local grocery store, purchasing bulk items for the business she owns, Children First Day Care. As her cell phone began to ring, Williams had no idea her life was about to change forever.

MUW names new alumni board

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year ago, Mississippi University for Women was steeped in uncertainty, deep in the throes of a presidential search, with a newly-merged alumni association working to establish a framework and identity to move forward.

Link plans for replacement of Chamber VP

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link will be adding new staff members in the coming months.

Arrest report 4-29-12

Posted 4/28/2012 in Area


Lowndes supes vote again to keep vehicles parked

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Noting he earlier voted to prohibit non-road department Lowndes county employees from taking county vehicles home at night based on "erroneous information," District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks Friday motioned five employees be allowed to take their vehicles home, if they "chose to do" so.


Deal reached in Deuce McAllister/Nissan lawsuit

Posted 4/28/2012 in State

A federal judge approved a deal Friday in which a $1.5 million judgment against former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister will be settled in accordance with a confidential agreement with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Loving Elisha: Teaching a child with autism

Posted 4/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sequestered deep within the recesses of a giant, inflatable ball, he thrusts his feet and hands against the cushioned vinyl walls, using his body to propel himself across the front lawn. Inside the bubble, sound is muffled, and the outside world is reduced to a blue haze. He is the master of his fate, the captain of his destiny -- briefly, ever so briefly.

State redistricting map passes House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

The House on Thursday passed a state redistricting plan on a 70-49 vote. The plan was submitted by Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Apportionment and Elections Committee Chair. Commonly known as the "Denny Map," the plan will increase majority minority districts in the state from 43 to 44. The vote was seen as a victory for state Republicans, who hold a House majority.

School board reviews 20 superintendent applicants

Posted 4/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Board members with the Columbus Municipal School District spent more than three hours in executive session Thursday night, discussing candidates for the ongoing superintendent search. Officials with the Mississippi School Boards Association presented the second batch of resumes to the board, along with additional information they gleaned while backgrounding the candidates.


March area unemployment rates down

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

As the nation's sluggish economy continues to slowly move forward, unemployment rates continue to drop throughout the area, with the Golden Triangle reporting a 10.4 percent unemployment rate in March, compared to an 11.4 percent rate in February and 12.7 percent last March.



Voter ID bill gets final approval in Miss. House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections.



Child porn scam linked to bogus Bieber

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

An Alabama man was indicted Thursday on child porn and extortion charges after authorities say he posed as pop sensation Justin Bieber online and convinced young girls to send him inappropriate photos, federal prosecutors say.


Mayor's son fined for weapon

Posted 4/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sherman Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, had his initial appearance in municipal court Wednesday.

Job training helps employees prepare for new careers

Posted 4/26/2012 in Area

Judy Flynn spent 19 years working at United Technologies in Columbus. Then she found out the plant was closing. Fearful of not finding a new job at the age of 48, Flynn decided to send her resume to American Eurocopter.

Bryant says left's mission is to abort children

Posted 4/26/2012 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor had some new harsh words for proponents of legalized abortion this week, saying, "their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb."


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