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Rescued Macon dogs ready for adoption

Posted 1/5/2012 in Area

It's been a difficult month for the neglected herd of dogs and the volunteers who rescued them from a residence on Firetower Road in Macon and took them to a makeshift shelter for medical treatment and eventual adoption.

Police chief: Murder victim 'fired at for no reason;' suspect mistook firecrackers for gunfire (updated 4:57 p.m.)

Posted 1/3/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Details of the murder of Starkville High School student Devin Mitchell have emerged. Mitchell, who was murdered early New Year's Day, was visiting relatives at Ridgewood Apartments on East Main Street when he was shot by Tavaris F. Collins, according to police.

Starkville High student murdered in West Point; 31-year-old man in custody

Posted 1/1/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Starkville High School junior Devin Mitchell was shot and killed Sunday morning at the Ridgewood Apartments at 1311 E. Main St. in West Point. Clay County 911 received calls at 2:55 a.m. of gunshots fired near the complex. Officers arrived and found Mitchell, 16, of Starkville, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he died as a result of his injuries, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said. WPPD has arrested Tavaris F. Collins, 31, aka "Frog" and charged him with murder. Brinkley said a motive for the murder is still under investigation.


Officials on fireworks: Obey the law; stay safe

Posted 12/31/2011 in Area



Cow killed, car towed after crash

Posted 12/29/2011 in Area

CLAY COUNTY -- A mother and infant child escaped injury after their car collided with a cow Tuesday night. The cow wasn't as fortunate.



Crawford BBQ joint gets smoked

Posted 12/29/2011 in Area

A staple barbecue joint in Crawford caught fire Wednesday morning.



Christmas capers, murder remain unsolved in West Point

Posted 12/28/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- The latest in a string of Christmas gift burglaries has West Point police close to making an arrest.



Alabama woman to discontinue tornado Facebook site

Posted 12/27/2011 in Area

ATLANTA -- In the weeks and months after tornadoes tore through homes across the South, pictures and documents rained on yards hundreds of miles away.


P.S. I love you: Family Readiness Group sends boxes to Afghanistan

Posted 12/23/2011 in Area

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.


Historical marker finds a new home

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

MERIDIAN -- A historic marker that denotes the importance of Meridian as a railroad hub has been moved to the Union Station depot from Interstate 20.



Tupelo runway extension costs rise

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

TUPELO -- The Tupelo Airport Authority has agreed to a $267,000 increase requested by the company building a runway extension.



Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.



Columbus man killed in West Point shooting

Posted 12/20/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- West Point police are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a Columbus man. At 10:51 p.m. Friday, Clay County 911 received calls of gunshots fired and someone lying in the road on Brady Street.


Liberty men hole up in houses; at liberty no more

Posted 12/16/2011 in Area

In separate incidents Wednesday, two people barricaded themselves in their West Alabama homes to keep law enforcement at bay.


Clay County drug court doing its job, director says to selectmen

Posted 12/15/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- Clay County's drug court is growing by the month. Edward Houston, drug court director, delivered another positive report to the West Point Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, noting increased participation and rehabilitation successes.



Aberdeen superintendent fired

Posted 12/14/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen school board members voted to fire their top educator Monday night. The school board dismissed Chester Leigh in executive session during their regular meeting on Monday.



Southern Baptists wait on convention for name change

Posted 12/13/2011 in Area

Thomas Southerland, 68, was raised a Southern Baptist. He was steeped in a 166-year-old tradition of conservative, strict biblical beliefs. He serves as the business administrator for First Baptist Church in downtown Columbus.


Canine rescue: Humane Society saves more than 100 dogs

Posted 12/8/2011 in Area

MACON -- Christmas greetings flank each end of Jefferson Street in downtown Macon: Peace on Earth, Joy to the World. A few miles away, in an abandoned factory, those who have known little peace or joy are getting a second chance following one of the largest canine rescues Mississippi animal rights activists have seen in recent years.


Study: U.S. presidents tend to live longer than their peers

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

CHICAGO -- White House wannabes take note: Contrary to the idea that being president speeds up aging, a study shows that many U.S. commanders in chief have actually lived longer than their peers.



Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

HONOLULU -- Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later.



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