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Wicker should breeze to first full term in U.S. Senate

Posted 10/23/2012 in Area

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is vying for another term as a United States Senator for the state of Mississippi.

 

Tornado procedures vary among area schools

Posted 10/23/2012 in Area

Tornado sirens will sound throughout Mississippi Wednesday, but for area schools, the statewide drill is just one of several they have already conducted this year in preparation for the fall tornado season.

 

 

STD risks particularly high among Mississippi teens

Posted 10/13/2012 in Area

It's a typical fall evening in Columbus. Hundreds have packed the stands at Columbus High School to cheer the Falcons to victory for their homecoming game. At the top of the bleachers, away from their parents and out of earshot of teachers, a group of young boys have gathered. As it often does with teenage boys, the conversation turns to sex.

 

Local employment numbers up over last year

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Services (MDES) shows unemployment rates fell in August in every county. But the more telling data is comparing August unemployment numbers to those of the previous August.

Local restaurants continue to weather economic storm

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Last week, USA Today reported that 21,000 jobs are created each month in the restaurant business, one of the few fields that seems to have continually defied the economic woes that have slowed job growth across the U.S. Locally, the economic impact of the restaurant industry seems to mirror that national trend.

For Zetas, every month is breast cancer awareness month

Posted 10/8/2012 in Area

For the 200 members of Mississippi State University's Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, breast cancer awareness is both national philanthropy and personal mission. And though October is traditionally set aside for awareness campaigns, for these young women, it is a year-round passion.

 

Company wins $10.2M grant for rural cell service

Posted 10/4/2012 in Area

A small company won a $10 million federal grant to expand wireless service in one of Alabama's most isolated regions, a five-county area west of Montgomery where it's sometimes impossible to make a cellphone call.

 

Experts doubt pork shortage, but say prices could soar

Posted 9/27/2012 in Area

A statement from Britain's National Pig Association sent pork lovers reeling Tuesday. In the report, British hog farmers claim the world will be facing a shortage of pork, particularly bacon, in 2013. But some local experts say the shortage statement is somewhat misleading.

 

Blood drive planned for highway patrol trooper battling cancer

Posted 9/24/2012 in Area

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging citizens to come to the Starkville Substation tomorrow and donate blood.

 

Monroe County car dealer arrested on drugs, weapons charges

Posted 9/21/2012 in Area

The owner of a Monroe County car dealership was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of stolen firearms.

 

Alabama voters approve budget rescue

Posted 9/19/2012 in Area

Alabama voters decided by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday to avoid dramatic cuts in state government by withdrawing $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the General Fund budget for the next three years.

 

University officials not discouraged by dip in enrollment

Posted 9/18/2012 in Area

First, the good news: More students than ever are flocking to Mississippi colleges. The bad news? Enrollment across the state remains relatively flat, with only three of Mississippi's eight public universities showing unduplicated headcount increases in preliminary fall figures, according to a report issued Monday by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

Former West Point judge arrested

Posted 9/17/2012 in Area

A former West Point Municipal Judge was arrested in Monroe County on Thursday and charged with breaking and entering of a dwelling.

A rising tide: Three counties unveil vision for development partnership

Posted 9/15/2012 in Area

Friday afternoon, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins and a seven-person steering committee proudly presented their "baby" to a packed house at East Mississippi Community College's Lyceum Auditorium.

Area's 'report cards' show cause for concern

Posted 9/14/2012 in Area

The grades are in, and in some cases, the results aren't pretty.

 

MUW, MSU rated highly in U.S. News & World Report guide

Posted 9/13/2012 in Area

As national college rankings continue to emerge from the mainstream print media in "Best of Colleges" guides, Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University once more find themselves earning accolades for the quality of education provided and the value benefits they offer for cost-conscious students and parents.

 

 

Judge orders mental exam for arson suspect

Posted 9/12/2012 in Area

A judge has ordered a second mental evaluation for a man charged with setting fire to a north Mississippi antiques business.

 

Volunteers roll up sleeves as United Way kicks off campaign

Posted 9/12/2012 in Area

The United Way of Lowndes County held its annual "Day of Service" Tuesday morning, with 160 volunteers helping local service agencies with tasks they often either don't have the manpower, equipment or spare change to handle themselves.

 

Tri-county group to announce findings on Friday

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

Friday, the public will get its first look at the details behind a proposed tri-county economic coalition between Lowndes, Clay and Oktibbeha.

 

 

West Point voters pass tourism tax

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

It's not the quantity of the voters that counted, but what the ones who voted had to say. Voters in West Point passed a resolution to allow the city to levy a one-percent tourism sales tax, bringing the sales tax to nine percent on restaurant, liquor store and hotel/motel purchases.

 

 

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