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Longtime legislator Turner dead at 64

Posted 11/28/2012 in Area

A longtime member of the state legislature, who represented a portion of Lowndes County, has died at age 64. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, died Tuesday afternoon at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans

Posted 11/27/2012 in Area

In the busy and under-staffed offices of New Orleans' flood-control leaders, there's an uneasy feeling about what lies ahead.

Live or artificial: Christmas tree time has arrived

Posted 11/26/2012 in Area

It's that time of year when the twinkling of Christmas tree lights can be seen in nearly every home. Trees decorated with tinsel and homemade ornaments, with presents nestled under the branches, are proudly displayed in living rooms.

 

Local retailers battle football, big box stores

Posted 11/24/2012 in Area

Over the last few years, there has been a national movement to support small business. Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday and encourages shoppers to shop local and support members of their community by shopping at small, locally-owned businesses instead of big national chain stores.

 

Area peanut growers produce bumper crop

Posted 11/23/2012 in Area

Peanut butter is a staple food item for many Lowndes County residents. And if your favorite brand is Jif, there's a good chance your peanut butter may have ties to Monroe County.

 

Columbus merchants ready for Black Friday

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

As families across the country gather over turkey and cranberry sauce to celebrate Thanksgiving, retailers and shopaholics alike are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday.

 

Unemployment numbers provide reason for optimism

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

Unemployment figures continue to slowly drop, just in time for the holiday season, which should be a good bit brighter than last year for workers across the Golden Triangle.

 

West Point's Christmas Tour of Homes visits Old Waverly

Posted 11/17/2012 in Area

The third annual Christmas Tour of Homes in West Point will showcase six unique homes at Old Waverly Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 p.m. in the Clubhouse on the grounds.

 

Husband rescues wife from burning home

Posted 11/14/2012 in Area

The heroic efforts of a Crawford man saved the life of his wife Tuesday morning. The mobile home belonging to Henry and Betty Sharp caught fire just after 8:30 yesterday morning with two women trapped inside.

 

West Point to crack down on unlicensed vendors

Posted 11/13/2012 in Area

The West Point Police Department plans to crack down on unauthorized vendors.

 

Voter turnout strong locally

Posted 11/7/2012 in Area

Although President Barack Obama was elected to a second term Tuesday night, Republican Mitt Romney won in Lowndes County but only by a narrow margin.

 

Clay County election results

Posted 11/6/2012 in Area

The following are unofficial election results for Clay County as reported on the Clay County Circuit Clerk's Facebook Page.

 

Prison factories caught in private biz debate

Posted 11/5/2012 in Area

On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Step a little closer and it's clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama.

Unemployment rates continue decline

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

September unemployment rates showed a gradual decline for counties in and around the Golden Triangle compared to last year's statistics. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, 22 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates below the state's nine percent average.

New megasite inspires hope in struggling West Point

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

Vehicles crept along Sixth Street Tuesday night, edging onto the grassy shoulders, pausing in front of the Clay County Civic Center's packed driveways before resuming the search for a parking space.

Amory man arrested after 24 sex calls to E-911

Posted 10/31/2012 in Area

A Monroe County man has been arrested and charged with 24 counts of abusive phone calls to an emergency service.

Horseback program empowers those with special needs

Posted 10/30/2012 in Area

The dusty gravel road winds through 60 acres of rolling pasture just off Highway 45 Alternate in West Point. It is a bucolic setting, hardly the place where one might imagine a battle being waged or a war being won.

Three women arrested in fatal stabbing

Posted 10/30/2012 in Area

Three women, including one from Columbus, have been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in West Point Saturday night.

The Romney effect: Campaign sheds light on Mormonism

Posted 10/28/2012 in Area

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled through Mississippi earlier this year, he used grits, football and "y'all" to connect with voters, but in the heart of the Bible Belt, many Southerners were more interested in the religious beliefs of the first Mormon candidate for the nation's highest office.

 

Vote looms to amend Ala. constitution

Posted 10/27/2012 in Area

Segregation ended decades ago in Alabama, swept away by the civil rights marchers who faced down police dogs and fire hoses in the early '60s. But segregation is still mandated by the state's constitution, and voters on Nov. 6 will get only their second chance in years to eliminate an anachronism that still exists on paper.

 

 

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