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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.

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.

 

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