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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.



West Point man stabs son, two women

Posted 8/31/2010 in Area

The West Point Police Department is investigating why a West Point man stabbed his son and two women shortly before 1 a.m. Monday.



The Monroe Journal: - Smithville fire still under investigation (link)

Posted 8/30/2010 in Area

Two injured in Smithville fire.


Storm anniversary: Transplants long for home, embrace new city

Posted 8/29/2010 in Area

On Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, Patricia Jordan and her son, Teche, watched the waters outside their Ocean Springs home, which was four blocks from the beach, rise until their mailbox was under water. Then they watched their car float down the street like a boat. When water began pouring through the electrical outlets of their one-story home and waves started buckling the walls, Jordan knew it was time to get out.

Libraries, though more vital, struggling with cuts

Posted 8/27/2010 in Area

An unfortunate correlation occurs at public libraries when the economy turns sour: Budgets and services are cut just as the public's need for access to those resources peaks.

Biofuel company to locate in Columbus (video)

Posted 8/26/2010 in Area

JACKSON -- Columbus is first in line to receive one of three renewable biofuel production plants in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour announced Thursday KiOR of Houston, Texas, has agreed to invest $500 million to build three facilities in Mississippi and create an estimated 1,000 jobs.

For first time, MSU turns away housing applicants

Posted 8/26/2010 in Area

Hundreds of Mississippi State University students can attest to the university's growth. For the first time, MSU has had to turn away about 400 upperclassmen requesting on-campus housing. "They approached us desiring a space in housing," explained MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Kibler, noting the requests of the upperclassmen were declined in time for them to find off-campus housing before school began.


Jobless rate rises in July in state, across Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2010 in Area

Mississippi's unemployment rate for July rose to 11.5 percent, and Golden Triangle counties all had rates worse than the state average. In Columbus, more than one in five people was out of work.



Positive intervention

Posted 8/24/2010 in Area

Parents and teachers tend to believe students know how to act by the time they reach school age and if they're being "bad" it's because they choose to be. Not so, says a professional development service from the University of Southern Mississippi.



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