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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.

 

Nov. 6 ballot includes low-profile office seekers

Posted 10/26/2012 in Area

While most voters already know who they are going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, there may still be some undecided voters on the local front.

The Tide that binds: Family connection has MSU grad rooting for Alabama

Posted 10/25/2012 in Area

West Point's Donna Harris was a University of Alabama football fan before she enrolled at Mississippi State. A 1982 MSU graduate, she rooted for the Bulldogs from that moment on. Until, that is, family ties intervened.

Blinded by the light: Motorists' visibility affected by sun during Fall rush hour

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

The leaves are really starting to change, you notice as you take another slight turn around a bend of tightly grouped trees on U.S. Highway 82. It's close to 7 a.m. and you're eastbound, headed to Columbus or point beyond. Then, at the crest of the hill, it happens: The morning sun breaks through the windshield and suddenly, you are blinded.

Comes A Time: Neil Young returns to Tuscaloosa after almost 40 years

Posted 10/24/2012 in Area

Although his songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" painted unflattering portraits of the South, veteran singer-songwriter Neil Young will be welcomed back with open arms on Thursday.

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.

 

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