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Pastor cleared in Aberdeen scandal claims he was ‘set up’

Posted 3/19/2010 in Area

ABERDEEN — Ricky Bowen says he could have gone after the City of Aberdeen for arresting and trying him on misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and obstruction of justice, but that would only cause more damage to his home town. Instead, he says it’s time to let the healing begin.



DUIs on the rise in Starkville, Columbus

Posted 3/18/2010 in Area

While the number of drunk driving arrests decreased last year across Mississippi, Columbus and Starkville proved to be the exceptions.


Citizens protest handling of Aberdeen scandal

Posted 3/17/2010 in Area

An agitated crowd packed Aberdeen’s Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday at city hall, filling every seat and spilling out into the hallway in anticipation of airing a grievance or simply hearing what Mayor Jim Ballard and the board had to say.

Soldiers refocus on family

Posted 3/16/2010 in Area

Members of the Starkville-based National Guard battalion are back after nine months in Mosul, Iraq.


Navistar to retrofit MRAPs with new suspension kits

Posted 3/16/2010 in Area

Navistar Defense officials today announced receipt of a $178 million contract to retrofit 1,222 International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with a new DXM independent suspension.



Ross reinstates electric superintendent

Posted 3/12/2010 in Area

West Point Mayor Scott Ross knew about the Board of Selectmen’s special Wednesday meeting to fire electric superintendent Shasta Plunkett, but knowing and receiving official notice are separate matters.



Jobless: Outlook bleak for Golden Triangle

Posted 3/11/2010 in Area

New jobless numbers released by the state provided little good news for the Golden Triangle, with new evidence that unemployment continues to tighten its grip on the area.



West Point Mayor plans veto of ‘illegal’ firing

Posted 3/11/2010 in Area

WEST POINT — West Point Mayor Scott Ross says the Board of Selectmen’s decision to fire interim Electric Department Superintendent Shasta Plunkett Wednesday evening was illegal.



Unemployment jumps across Golden Triangle in January, report shows

Posted 3/10/2010 in Area

New jobless numbers released by the state provided little good news for the Golden Triangle, with new evidence that unemployment continues to tighten its grip on the area.



West Point may seek agency help in collecting fines; city back in green

Posted 3/10/2010 in Area

West Point’s Board of Selectmen thought twice before rubber-stamping a measure presented as a surefire way to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in delinquent utility fees Tuesday night.



Rift between Aberdeen mayor, police chief complicates electric department saga

Posted 3/8/2010 in Area

ABERDEEN — Communication has come to a standstill in Aberdeen. In the midst of an Aberdeen Police Department investigation into the Aberdeen Electric Department, Mayor and acting Electric Department Manager Jim Ballard says Police Chief Henry Randle refuses to speak to him.



Aberdeen, West Point elect new school board members

Posted 3/8/2010 in Area

Aberdeen’s school board election moved forward Saturday despite a lawsuit attempting to block the proceedings.



Man charged for fire set inside Wal-Mart

Posted 3/8/2010 in Area

A West Point resident turned himself in to police over the weekend, and has been charged in connection with last Monday’s fire at the West Point Wal-Mart.



Cadence Bank laying off local workers

Posted 3/4/2010 in Area

Cadence Bank could layoff as many as nine employees from its 11 Golden Triangle branches, a company spokesman said today.



Aberdeen school district sued over absentee ballots

Posted 3/3/2010 in Area

A lawsuit has been brought against Aberdeen School District’s superintendent and board of trustees. Ruby Cunningham, Willie H. McNairy and Ladie M. James filed a suit March 2 in U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi seeking to force the school board to count their absentee ballots in Saturday’s school board election.



Aberdeen police take over security at electric dept.

Posted 3/3/2010 in Area

After a series of suspicious occurrences at the Aberdeen Electric Department, the Aberdeen Police Department is taking over security of the department.



Officials investigate fire at West Point Wal-Mart

Posted 3/3/2010 in Area

West Point Fire Department officials continue investigating the cause of a Monday night fire at Wal-Mart that left damage, but no injuries.



Ex-West Point police officer sentenced to more than two years in prison

Posted 2/26/2010 in Area

OXFORD — Prosecutors say a former West Point police officer has been ordered to serve two years and three months in federal prison for his part in a scheme to embezzle money from a crime-fighting fund he oversaw.



West Point fills vacancies; bridge work to begin

Posted 2/25/2010 in Area

WEST POINT — Repairs to West Point’s Main Street bridge are a step closer after the city Board of Selectmen allowed City Administrator Randy Jones to begin advertising bids for work on the partially collapsed structure.


House speaker brings good news to Triangle

Posted 2/23/2010 in Area

WEST POINT — Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, shared some economic optimism Monday as the inaugural speaker for the West Point Growth Alliance’s legislative forum series.


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