If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.
Copper burglars struck again over the weekend at Columbus-based Air Control Engineering Inc., marking the fourth break-in in two months and bringing losses up to nearly $100,000 for the mechanical contractor.
"Bienvenue! Bienvenue!" The French salutation may have perplexed a few people who were curious enough to stumble into Quartier Latin Café Friday afternoon, but there was no mistaking Carlos Rosales' enthusiasm as he welcomed newcomers to his latest enterprise -- a French-themed coffee shop downtown -- slated to open in mid-August.
Building permits July 12-19
Marriages and divorces July 2-20
The recent phone hacking scandal in the U.K. has so far resulted in multiple resignations, arrests and the closure of a 168-year-old newspaper.
As the city of Starkville debates how to reinvigorate Highway 182, a flower shop along the forgotten highway is already making moves to reinvent itself.
The only thing rising faster than the price of bacon may be its overwhelming popularity.
The Columbus-Lowndes Port Authority continues to make preparations for the Kior biofuels plant, currently under construction.
Building permits July 5-13
Marriages and divorces June 28-July 12
A couple of weeks ago AT&T Mississippi president, Mayo Flynt, passed through Columbus and spoke with me about the pending merger between wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. The merger is currently being reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission.
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and the state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service will hold information sessions to discuss the availability of federal funds to support local national service programs and opportunities to access national service resources.
Lowndes County is turning to private Realtors to sell the old Lowndes County Health Department on Military Road.
Renovations to Poindexter Hall at Mississippi University for Women are almost 50 percent complete, with plans for the building to be substantially complete by June 2012.
"F" is for fun, as far as Rick Anderson is concerned. The educator-turned-illustrator's first book, "M is for Magnolia," was published by Sleeping Bear Press in 2003, and the Clarksdale native has been at the easel ever since.
When it's all said and done, Kior will have spent more than $200 million to bring its first commercial plant to Columbus.
A decertification election has been set in the Omnova Solutions labor dispute, which has dragged on for more than a year.
Building permits for June 21-27
Marriages and divorces June 10-28
1. Wiggins wins Caledonia by one vote COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. House built by and for freed slaves for sale in Columbus COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Two arrested for child endangerment in marijuana bust COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Second Baptist deacons to release offering to trustees, finance committee STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Person shot in home invasion on Tabernacle Road COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY