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Mayor Smith, local leaders encouraged by Washington reception

Posted 3/15/2013 in Area

Mayor Robert Smith returned from Washington, D.C. Wednesday with good news -- state senators and representatives were "receptive and sympathetic" to his attempt to secure federal funding for the Highway 45 bypass and a 14th Avenue drainage ditch project.

 

Gibbs, Longstreet to meet in District 36 runoff

Posted 3/13/2013 in Area

Longstreet edges out Johnson-Staten, heads to Miss. House runoff election against Gibbs

 

Gibbs heads to runoff, opponent undecided

Posted 3/13/2013 in Area

A runoff election could be held April 2 between Karl Gibbs and Eddie Longstreet for the District 36 State Representative seat if unofficial returns hold.

Taking a stand against the sex trade

Posted 3/11/2013 in Area

The first time 19-year-old Shamere McKenzie walked into a strip club, she made $300 within five minutes. She didn't even have to take off her clothes. Just like that, any reservations she had quickly fell away.

Arrest report 3-10-13

Posted 3/9/2013 in Area

 

Free vegetable gardening program offered

Posted 3/4/2013 in Area

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Lowndes County Master Gardeners will present a free program on Home Vegetable Gardening Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 318 College St., Columbus.

 

Voting rights law gets Supreme Court challenge

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

 

Local officials fear trickle down effect from sequestration

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

Local officials are taking a wait-and-see approach on the looming sequestration, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts slated to begin tomorrow barring an 11th hour compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

 

Higgins: Tax legislation could help area development

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

With a possible $50 million worth of tax cuts on the line, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins is hoping some of those proposed cuts will positively affect the Golden Triangle. The Mississippi House has passed multiple bills with millions of dollars worth of tax cuts. Those bills are now being presented to the Senate, with some speculation the cuts won't make it off the Senate floor.

 

Six will bid for Gibbs' state senate seat

Posted 2/25/2013 in Area

The special election to fill the 36th House seat vacated by the death of David Gibbs, D-West Point, is less than a month away. Tuesday, March 12 was the date set by Gov. Phil Bryant for the special election.

 

 

Old crash sends deputies scrambling

Posted 2/21/2013 in Area

An "old'' crash created a new buzz Wednesday in Monroe County. Confusion over wreckage seen from the air had law enforcement looking for a plane crash Wednesday morning.

 

 

Security cameras going up at West Point park

Posted 2/21/2013 in Area

Four security cameras have been installed at Sally Kate Winter Park in West Point and more are planned.

 

Local women form group to give shelter animals 11th-hour reprieves

Posted 2/19/2013 in Area

A knock on Andrea Spain's door in Starkville Monday elicits a raucous chorus of what sounds like hundreds of dogs. It's easy to imagine being bowled off her porch by a canine blitzkrieg of muddy paws and slobbering tongues. But when she opens the door, silence -- punctuated by a staccato of wagging tails -- ensues. No dog leaves Spain's home without learning basic house manners.

One dead, three injured in Valentine's Day shootings

Posted 2/16/2013 in Area

Two unrelated Lowndes County shootings, both by juveniles, left one man dead and three injured within less than 24 hours Thursday.

 

Sturgis bike rally canceled again

Posted 2/15/2013 in Area

Organizers canceled this year's Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally after failed negotiations between event planners and city aldermen, rally board president Donny Hanson confirmed Thursday.

 

Crawfish season means big business for Crissey

Posted 2/11/2013 in Area

In the South, there are few aromas more inviting than the rich smell of perfectly seasoned crawfish coming to a boil. People wait all year for the few short months when they can pop a succulent piece of the flavorful crustacean into their mouth.

 

Six have qualified for House District 36

Posted 2/11/2013 in Area

Today is the last day to qualify for the 36th District seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The seat has been vacant since the Jan. 13 death of Rep. David Gibbs, D-West Point.

 

Hog Wild: Booming wild hog population threatens health, ecosystem

Posted 2/9/2013 in Area

Although they haven't yet achieved the status of Sherman's March to the Sea, Mississippi's rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state's ecosystem.

Crawford man charged with kidnapping

Posted 2/1/2013 in Area

A Crawford man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after he allegedly abducted his girlfriend and held her against her will in early January.

District 36 House election date set for March 12

Posted 1/30/2013 in Area

Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday set a date for a special election for House District 36. The election, created because of the death of longtime District 36 Rep. David Gibbs, will be March 12.

 

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