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Heritage student dies from injuries in hunting accident

Posted 9/17/2010 in Area

Spencer Perkins will be remembered as a a kind-hearted young man, who touched many lives.

Kitchens says 'gist' of his testimony was correct

Posted 9/17/2010 in Area

As Jim Kitchens sat in his office Thursday afternoon in the Lowndes County Courthouse, law books lined the shelves, black robes hung in a nearby closet and stacks of files and paperwork covered his desk.


West Point police on lookout for armed robbers

Posted 9/16/2010 in Area

The West Point Police Department is searching for two armed robbers considered to be armed and dangerous.



'Support,' but no city funds, for West Point shelter

Posted 9/15/2010 in Area

WEST POINT -- The West Point Board of Selectmen's unwillingness to appropriate $25,000 to the West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter again stole the show Tuesday at the board's monthly meeting.


Teachers spending more than time in classroom

Posted 9/15/2010 in Area

As the sluggish economy drags on, teachers are providing more to their students than just knowledge. A national study released this month found that nationwide, teachers spent an average of $356 of their own money each year on supplies and instructional materials for their classrooms -- over and above the money parents spend each year for their children's own supplies.

Lowndes may become regional hub for autopsies

Posted 9/15/2010 in Area

The Lowndes County Coroner's Office is dead set on hosting its own autopsies and those of at least eight other Mississippi counties by January.

Dignitaries celebrate opening of Paccar engine plant

Posted 9/14/2010 in Area

At 6:37 Monday evening Paccar CEO Mark Pigott and Gov. Haley Barbour, standing in front of a phalanx of blue-shirted workers, local dignitaries and the company's board of directors, cut the ribbon for what is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the local economy for years to come, the $300 million Paccar engine assembly plant.

UNSOLVED: As time passes, arrests in homicides more elusive

Posted 9/12/2010 in Area

The critical information in a murder case is gathered within the first 72 hours. From there, the case begins to get cold. As the years drag on, witnesses move or die; some evidence is not preserved. But an unsolved case is never closed.


Area schools show improvement in accountability rankings

Posted 9/10/2010 in Area

Schools in many area districts showed improvement in state school district accountability scores released today, though some districts did not meet growth standards set by the state.



Macon man charged with rape of 13-year-old cousin

Posted 9/8/2010 in Area

A 25-year-old Macon man was charged Sunday with the statutory rape of his 13-year-old first cousin in Noxubee County.



DUI arrests up in area over Labor Day weekend

Posted 9/7/2010 in Area

State troopers arrested significantly more people for drunk driving in the 10-county Troop G district over Labor Day weekend than in 2009, troop spokesman Brian Mobley said.


Pregnant woman shot, Clay man held

Posted 9/7/2010 in Area

WEST POINT -- A Clay County man faces aggravated assault charges for allegedly shooting a pregnant woman in the head.


Clay County supes spar over insurance provider

Posted 9/4/2010 in Area

WEST POINT -- Loyalty was the issue Monday as the Clay County Board of Supervisors struggled to choose an insurance provider for the county. On one side were those loyal to the county's longtime insurance carrier. On the other were those loyal to saving tax dollars.


Monroe County woman reported missing

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

A 51-year-old Monroe County woman has been reported missing, according to County Sheriff Andy Hood.


4-County to host second Energy Efficiency Expo

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

Are you looking for ways to save energy and save money on your power bill? If so, you'll want to attend the 4-County Energy Efficiency Expo Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to help people learn all about energy efficiency.


Corps of Engineers encourages swimmers to use life jackets

Posted 9/3/2010 in Area

Although school is back in session, the weather is still warm, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched a campaign to encourage swimmers to wear life jackets in the water.


West Point triple stabbing linked to domestic dispute

Posted 9/2/2010 in Area

A triple stabbing is being blamed on a domestic dispute.



Dispatch begins charging for some online content

Posted 9/2/2010 in Area

The Dispatch began charging for some content on its website today, in a metered paywall program that will allow users of free views on some content.


New prison offers boost for region's economy

Posted 9/1/2010 in Area

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Mississippians and Alabamians packed the Aliceville, Ala., City Hall Tuesday to learn about job opportunities at the city's new federal women's prison.


Police searching for second Brookville Gardens suspect

Posted 9/1/2010 in Area

Starkville police have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with an incident at Brookville Gardens last month, during which several shots were fired and an apartment door was kicked in illegally.



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