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In West Point, a glimmer of hope: Prospects of a major employer coming to town creates mood of cautious optimism

Posted 4/24/2013 in Area

Slowly, the land is reclaiming what once was a proud, family-owned industry in West Point. What the weeds and ant hills have not taken, the wrecking ball and Mother Nature will eventually destroy.

SBA offers disaster loans to Noxubee

Posted 4/24/2013 in Area

The United States Small Business Administration granted a request from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to offer disaster loans to residents and business owners in Noxubee County affected by an EF-3 tornado that severely damaged parts of Shuqualak April 12.

Special session set for Friday

Posted 4/24/2013 in Area

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will formally issue a special session call this afternoon to state legislators to consider an economic development package.

 

Feds charge 24 IRS workers with theft

Posted 4/18/2013 in Area

Twenty-four current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

 

Mennonite community rallies to repair tornado-damaged home

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

Thursday afternoon, before answering his wife's call to lunch, Randy Classen walked out on his back porch. The area was under a storm warning and he wondered if he could see evidence of a tornado that had torn through neighboring Kemper County less than an hour earlier.

A charming day in the Golden Triangle

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

The South has its troubles, Lord knows. But it also has its charms, as a Saturday trip around the Golden Triangle confirmed.

 

Felled tower a loss to Noxubee area farmers

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say some 200 farmers in eastern Mississippi will feel the loss of a 300-foot-tall communications tower that was felled by a recent tornado.

 

Tornado rips through Shuqualak: Homes destroyed, 2 seriously injured in Noxubee storm

Posted 4/12/2013 in Area

A few hours after a tornado ripped through the small Noxubee town of Shuqualak early Thursday afternoon, LeMerrick Hill was on his hands and knees, picking up loose change and carefully placing the nickels, dimes and the occasional quarter into a mason jar.

Video of the Noxubee County Tornado

Posted 4/11/2013 in Area

Video of tornado in Noxubee County from Tony Sudduth. Taken in the area of Prairie Point and Deerbrook Road.

 

Elephant injured in drive-by shooting in Tupelo

Posted 4/10/2013 in Area

 

Jackson police shooting puts emphasis on training

Posted 4/9/2013 in Area

When it comes to a day in the life of a law enforcement officer, every encounter could be a potential life or death situation. Given the recent shooting death of a detective inside a police station in Jackson, local law enforcement officials said training and proper equipment are keys to ensuring officer safety.

 

Monroe Co. hopes to get federal prisoners

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

Monroe County supervisors have told Sheriff Cecil Cantrell to work out a deal to house federal prisoners in the local detention center.

 

Fire ants on the march in spring

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

April is the time for neighborhoods to get together to fight fire ants and for farmers to attack the critters in pastures and hay fields, experts say.

Gibbs wins runoff for House seat

Posted 4/3/2013 in Area

Karl Gibbs defeated Eddie Longstreet in Tuesday's runoff election for the Mississippi House of Representative District 36 seat vacated by the death of Gibbs' father in January.

 

CDC: 24 E. coli illnesses linked to frozen foods

Posted 3/30/2013 in Area

Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children.

 

Religious Liberty law may have unintended consequences

Posted 3/20/2013 in Area

Last week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation designed to ensure religious liberties in the state's schools. While widely lauded by many in conservative Christian camps, others believe the legislation's impact may result in some unintended consequences that go far beyond assuring that students can reference religion over the school intercom, at sporting events or at graduation ceremonies.

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.

 

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