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McClanahan appointed Lowndes prosecutor

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his 48 years as an attorney, Hal McClanahan said he's still looking for new experiences.


Lil' Bill: Born prematurely, this little bull is defying odds

Posted 12/15/2018 in Community

Bill was born on Oct. 27 and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. There would normally be nothing unusual about that since the average weight of a newborn is 8 pounds. That's for a human baby. Bill is a calf and his arrival at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has created quite a buzz.


Buying a piece of history: Market for antebellum homes changing in Columbus

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are dozens of homes for sale in Columbus, but three historic homes on the market on the city's north side, all within a few blocks of each other, have become a source of curiosity.


IP awards $95K in grants to local schools, nonprofits

Posted 12/14/2018 in Area

2017 was a pretty good year for International Paper, which means 2018 was a good year for educational and nonprofit groups in the communities where the company operates in the U.S. and 24 other countries.


Slimantics: Real criminal justice reform means comprehensive changes

Posted 12/14/2018 in Local Columns

This week's criminal justice summit in Jackson was hailed as a milestone moment in criminal justice reform, drawing speakers from both the political left and right in addressing a problem that both sides agree has had a devastating affect on our state.


From the tip jar to a total community effort: Happy Irby Christmas Fund to serve 350 children in its 60th year

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bruce Hanson stood aside, watching as dozens of Columbus Air Force Base personnel flew through a massive gift-wrapping project with what could only be described as military efficiency. Plastic bags of clothing flew out of boxes and onto folding tables where they were placed in gift boxes. The boxes were wrapped in green or red gift wrap and moved to the side of the room, each according to which school its recipient attends.


St. Joseph parishioners start petition to block priest reassignment

Posted 12/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For some parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville, the cure seems almost as bad as the illness.


Chancery court judges reminisce about time serving on the bench

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The staff of the 14th District Chancery Court threw a retirement party Friday afternoon, the likes of which it isn't likely to see again.


Locals recall Bush's 1989 visit to Golden Triangle

Posted 12/5/2018 in Area

The visit lasted only a few hours and was, by presidential standards, a no-frills affair. His contact with crowds was limited to waves and even some who shared the stage never got as far as shaking his hand. The event went through without a hitch, despite the drizzly weather. Yet almost 30 years later, those who were there still remember the day George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, arrived in the Golden Triangle to deliver the commencement address at Mississippi State on May 13, 1989.


County submits three bridge projects for state funding

Posted 12/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are prepared to submit three projects to the state for funding under the Legislature's Emergency Roads and Bridges program, which was approved in the August special legislative session.


A court reporter shortage: Critical field faces lack of new recruits

Posted 12/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In college athletics, the biggest factor in success is recruiting. But attracting talented people is not confined to the world of college sports, and when it comes to the field of court reporting, the inability to recruit people to the profession is reaching a near crisis across the country.


Engineer explores hydroelectric power at Lock and Dam

Posted 11/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it's likely to be at least a half-dozen years away from reality, Columbus and Aberdeen may one day be home to hydroelectric power plants.


MSMS senior shines in role as state's Distinguished Young Woman

Posted 11/27/2018 in Area

When Lori Feng was an elementary school student, her father took her to a Distinguished Young Women event where they were living in Washington.


Absentee totals indicate strong runoff turnout

Posted 11/26/2018 in State

Despite an abbreviated window for absentee voting for Tuesday's general election runoff, the number of absentee voters who have cast ballots suggests a good turnout.


A crisis of confidence: Anonymous parishioners react to fraud allegations against Starkville priest

Posted 11/24/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In three weeks since federal investigators raided the offices of the Diocese of Jackson, uncovering both fraud and a cover-up at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville, parishioners say the shockwaves are still reverberating in Starkville and in Macon.


Unemployment remains flat in Golden Triangle

Posted 11/23/2018 in Area

Unemployment rates continued to remain flat for the month of October as the nation continues to move what economists consider full employment, according to the latest labor market report by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Salvation Army kicks off holiday campaigns

Posted 11/21/2018 in Area

Even before Halloween, retailers rush to get their Christmas displays on the floor. But they have nothing on Lt. Christian Smith in getting an early jump on the holiday.


Slimantics: Dr. Heckle, Missus Hide

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

We might as well call her Cindy "Hide" Smith.


Absentee voting underway for runoffs

Posted 11/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A much-abbreviated absentee voting period has started for the Nov. 27 runoff election, which will decide a U.S. Senate seat and two chancery court judge positions.


Surrendering animals: A pet owner's last resort

Posted 11/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a typical busy Wednesday at Best Friends Animal Hospital, which is probably why the veterinary staff was unaware of what was happening in its parking lot on Highway 45 in Columbus. About 10:30 that morning, a woman pulled into the parking lot close to the building's south wall and tied a dog up to a metal bracket on the building.



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