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Historical marker finds a new home

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

MERIDIAN -- A historic marker that denotes the importance of Meridian as a railroad hub has been moved to the Union Station depot from Interstate 20.



Tupelo runway extension costs rise

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

TUPELO -- The Tupelo Airport Authority has agreed to a $267,000 increase requested by the company building a runway extension.



Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.



Columbus man killed in West Point shooting

Posted 12/20/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- West Point police are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a Columbus man. At 10:51 p.m. Friday, Clay County 911 received calls of gunshots fired and someone lying in the road on Brady Street.


Liberty men hole up in houses; at liberty no more

Posted 12/16/2011 in Area

In separate incidents Wednesday, two people barricaded themselves in their West Alabama homes to keep law enforcement at bay.


Clay County drug court doing its job, director says to selectmen

Posted 12/15/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- Clay County's drug court is growing by the month. Edward Houston, drug court director, delivered another positive report to the West Point Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, noting increased participation and rehabilitation successes.



Aberdeen superintendent fired

Posted 12/14/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen school board members voted to fire their top educator Monday night. The school board dismissed Chester Leigh in executive session during their regular meeting on Monday.



Southern Baptists wait on convention for name change

Posted 12/13/2011 in Area

Thomas Southerland, 68, was raised a Southern Baptist. He was steeped in a 166-year-old tradition of conservative, strict biblical beliefs. He serves as the business administrator for First Baptist Church in downtown Columbus.


Canine rescue: Humane Society saves more than 100 dogs

Posted 12/8/2011 in Area

MACON -- Christmas greetings flank each end of Jefferson Street in downtown Macon: Peace on Earth, Joy to the World. A few miles away, in an abandoned factory, those who have known little peace or joy are getting a second chance following one of the largest canine rescues Mississippi animal rights activists have seen in recent years.


Study: U.S. presidents tend to live longer than their peers

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

CHICAGO -- White House wannabes take note: Contrary to the idea that being president speeds up aging, a study shows that many U.S. commanders in chief have actually lived longer than their peers.



Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

HONOLULU -- Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later.


The Borsig era begins

Posted 12/3/2011 in Area

New MUW president's job is to direct, not dictate.


Aberdeen removing railroad crossing

Posted 11/28/2011 in Area

The city of Aberdeen is removing a bumpy railroad crossing in the downtown area. Mayor Jim Ballard tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the work is part of the city's efforts to improve its appearance.


Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.


Halbert-Burnett named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

The Dispatch has a new editor, but her name will be familiar to many longtime readers.



Dispatch names Griggs new production manager

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

You could say Perry Griggs has printer's ink in his blood, entering the profession in a Georgia printshop at 15 and quickly moving to the newspaper industry, where he rose from entry level pressman to production manager for news outlets across the South.



Morgan, Norton to meet in court

Posted 11/16/2011 in Area

STARKVILLE -- Jan Morgan has imagined how surreal the moment will be when she meets Robbie A. Norton. The Starkville cyclist drew nationwide attention following her accident with Norton, who in May hit Morgan with her vehicle on Highway 50 in Clay County. Morgan spent nearly a month in a coma and had numerous medical procedures done since the accident. To this day, Morgan has never talked to or seen Norton. At 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the two will appear in Clay County Justice Court after Morgan pressed misdemeanor charges a month ago. Norton, of Cedar Bluff, faces a charge of simple assault with a deadly weapon, which carries a fine of up to $500 and six months in jail.


Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death

Posted 11/7/2011 in Area

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star.

Operation Christmas Child hopes to eclipse 20,000 gift boxes

Posted 11/6/2011 in Area

Each year, thousands of people from the Golden Triangle pack an assortment of items -- some necessities and school supplies, some gifts -- into shoe boxes to be shipped to needy kids around the world.

More money, more votes?

Posted 11/6/2011 in Area

Campaign finances: Spending outpaces contributions by $30,000 in Lowndes County races


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