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Costs of teen pregnancy affect all Mississippians

Posted 10/20/2012 in State

Just as she does every day, Kimberly Jones sat on the front porch of her Southside home Friday, waiting for her oldest child to come home from school. Jones, who asked that her real name not be used, is a 24-year-old mother of two.

Caledonia celebrates its 'day' in the sun

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hand-painted Mississippi State Bulldog cutouts jockeyed for space between inspirational yard art and houndstooth purses. Beaded jewelry and pink hair bows sat alongside painted pillows, pickled okra and Rebel flags.

Officials study parking, restroom issues at soccer complex

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As complaints continue about the parking situation at the Columbus Soccer Complex, particularly along the north end of the facilities, city and county officials are researching ways to find a solution.

Pitts turns stumbling blocks into stepping stones

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ask journalists why they entered the profession, and most will deliver some variation of wanting to give voice to the voiceless, defend the defenseless, shine light into the dark corners and change the world.


Victim critical of MSU's handling of voyeurism incident

Posted 10/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The alleged victim of a voyeur at last week's Mississippi State football game is critical of how university law enforcement has handled the incident.



Man accused of luring Southaven mayor from wife

Posted 10/20/2012 in State

The former wife of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is seeking $1 million in a lawsuit against a 26-year-old Starkville man who she says broke up her marriage by luring Davis away from her.



Unions shift political might to state, local races

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle.


Tribal court disputed in Grand Canyon bridge fight

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

The jurisdiction of a Native American tribal court was challenged Friday by the developer of a popular glass bridge over the Grand Canyon who has been locked in a multi-million dollar contract dispute with an Arizona-based tribe.


Meningitis victims face long recovery

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Vilinda York lies in her Florida hospital bed, facing a dry-erase board that lists in green marker her name, her four doctors and a smiley face. Also on the board is this: "Anticipated date of discharge: NOT YET DETERMINED."


French reporter 'savagely attacked' reporting in Cairo

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

A correspondent for France 24 TV was "savagely attacked" near Cairo's Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt's restive protests.


Israeli naval vessels take control of Gaza boat

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Israeli troops on Saturday commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip, the military said. European lawmakers and other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port.



Boy's miracle cure makes first Native American saint from U.S.

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Jake Finkbonner was so close to death after flesh-eating bacteria infected him through a cut on his lip that his parents had last rites performed and were discussing donating the 5-year-old's tiny organs.


Fire destroys State Fair of Texas icon Big Tex

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

The man who provides the voice for Big Tex, the giant cowboy at the State Fair of Texas, was greeting people with his usual "Howdy, folks!" in a slow drawl Friday when someone rushed into his trailer to tell him the towering fair icon was on fire.


Scout abuse files release sparks interest

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

A website with files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse is generating interest from people wanting to know who the alleged abusers are and whether people who molested them as Scouts are in the files.



Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

In this tech-savvy city teeming with commuters and tourists, the cell phone has become a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns.



Bulldog Bash announces music shake-up

Posted 10/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pop/rock group Neon Trees has canceled their fall college tour and will no longer be headlining Bulldog Bash 2012 on Nov. 2, the Mississippi State University Student Association announced Thursday.



Sandusky filing says trial violated his rights

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky launched his effort to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions with a set of motions that said there wasn't enough evidence against him and the trial wasn't fair.


A good year for pumpkins

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are probably easier ways to make a living, but farming pumpkins can be a lucrative business -- lucrative if the temperature, weather, insects and other elements beyond man's control decide to cooperate.

Resort status may hold key to Elm Lake growth

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday gave Elm Lake Golf Course officials permission to apply for resort status, a move which, if approved, could allow them to offer services that will no longer be available at Columbus Country Club once East Mississippi Community College takes possession of it next month.


Caledonia Day expects to draw crowd of 10,000

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The streets of Caledonia were quiet this morning, but that will change tonight, when the town kicks off its ninth annual Caledonia Day festival with a concert and fireworks show.



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