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For many locals, fresh Christmas trees make the cut

Posted 11/27/2010 in Business

In anticipation of Christmas Day, families across the country will continue the evergreen tradition, decorating with live trees. And area residents have no shortage of places to find the centerpiece of their holiday decor.


Getting divorced? Stay off Facebook

Posted 11/27/2010 in Business

Facebook is reuniting long-lost friends, but it's also being used to rekindle old flames. The good news for divorce lawyers is that many of those old flames are married.



Huge crowds hit Ala. stores despite rain, game

Posted 11/26/2010 in Business

Heavy rains and a big college football game didn't stop crowds from turning out for shopping deals on the day after Thanksgiving, with some people even camping outside stores early Friday waiting for the bargains to begin.



Years later, Miss. still without civil rights museum

Posted 11/26/2010 in Business

Mississippi bred some of the worst violence of the civil rights era, yet nearly a half-century after a barrage of atrocities pricked the conscience of the nation, it's one of the few civil rights battleground states with no museum to commemorate the era.


Retailers ready for Black Friday's early birds

Posted 11/24/2010 in Business

The early bird will catch the early 40-inch flat screen LCD television this Friday. Black Friday deals abound as Columbus retailers open early in the a.m. in hopes of taking advantage of a slowly improving economy.


Navistar begins hiring 120 workers for West Point plant

Posted 11/24/2010 in Business

Navistar Defense has started hiring 120 workers at its plant in West Point.


Ready for takeoff: Aurora unveils advanced military drones

Posted 11/23/2010 in Business

When bombs strike international terrorists in years to come, without putting a single U.S. service member in danger, it will be courtesy of Lowndes County.


8-year-old hospitalized after school bus runs over him

Posted 11/19/2010 in Business

Authorities say an 8-year-old boy struck by a bus at Leflore County Elementary School is hospitalized in stable condition.



Aurora to unveil new unmanned areal vehicle

Posted 11/19/2010 in Business

On November 22, 2010 Aurora Flight Sciences will unveil Orion, a flight vehicle demonstrator that will stay aloft for up to five days.



'Legally dead' man pleads not guilty to kidnapping

Posted 11/19/2010 in Business

A Mississippi man who authorities thought had been dead for more than 15 years pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping a 12-year-old girl whose body was found by hunters in remote Louisiana woods.



Travel smart this holiday with these useful tips, links

Posted 11/19/2010 in Business

The Thanksgiving holiday is the heaviest traveled holiday each year, according to the American Automobile Association. Some need-to-know info to help you on the road and in the air:



Iraq vet convicted of Auburn student's murder

Posted 11/18/2010 in Business

A former Army soldier who claimed to be mentally disturbed from his deployment in Iraq was convicted of capital murder Thursday in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student from Georgia.



Leaders get sobering look at industry recruitment

Posted 11/18/2010 in Business

Columbus and Lowndes County learned some hard truths Wednesday during a visit from an economic development firm which specializes in site selection.


The new bank on the block: Renasant opens first Lowndes branch

Posted 11/18/2010 in Business

In an uncertain banking atmosphere, Renasant Bank hopes to establish its stability in Columbus.


Lawsuit: 'Barbaric' conditions at Miss. youth correctional facility

Posted 11/16/2010 in Business

At the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, guards have smuggled drugs to inmates, had sex with some of them and denied others medical treatment and basic educational services, according to a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


At defense contractor Nammo Talley, business is booming

Posted 11/16/2010 in Business

Nammo Talley has more safety checks in place than the average manufacturing plant because it manufactures bombs. Specifically, the explosive, rocket-propelled rounds used by the U.S. military to blow up tanks and bunkers.


Waste management authority lands grant for waste collection

Posted 11/16/2010 in Business

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a $34,200 grant to the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority to collect hazardous household waste.



Barbour sets Jan. 11 date for special elections

Posted 11/16/2010 in Business

Special elections will be held Jan. 11 to fill two vacant legislative seats and an open position on the Mississippi Transportation Commission.



5-year-old Ala. boy mauled to death by wild dogs

Posted 11/16/2010 in Business

Authorities say a 5-year-old east Alabama boy was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs.



Barbour recommends 8 percent cuts for most Miss. agencies

Posted 11/15/2010 in Business

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is recommending 8 percent cuts for most Mississippi government agencies in the budget year that begins next July 1.



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