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Area high school juniors show improvement on ACT

Posted 11/15/2018 in Area

Columbus High School juniors increased ACT scores in spring 2018, while Starkville High School and Lowndes County School District record higher scores than the state average.

Local man arrested for possessing child pornography

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is facing multiple charges of child exploitation after authorities say they discovered child pornography in a Dropbox account belonging to him.


Business brief: Rice joins Bankfirst

Posted 11/15/2018 in Business



Building permits 11-15-18

Posted 11/15/2018 in Business



Storm: 2 dead, 44 hurt in bus crash on icy Mississippi road

Posted 11/15/2018 in State

An Alabama tour bus bound for a Mississippi casino overturned Wednesday on an icy highway, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries, authorities said, as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South and lower Midwest.



GOP senator should explain 'hanging' remark, challenger says

Posted 11/15/2018 in State

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a "public hanging," her black Democratic challenger says.



Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Posted 11/15/2018 in State

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year's $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects.



Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Posted 11/15/2018 in National

As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and authorities say 130 are unaccounted for.



After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies domestic violence

Posted 11/15/2018 in National

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment.



Trump administration defends its case against CNN's Acosta

Posted 11/15/2018 in National

President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House "hard pass."



Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Posted 11/15/2018 in National

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer's electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday.



Caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

Posted 11/15/2018 in National

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana by the hundreds Wednesday, getting their first glimpse of the robust U.S. military presence that awaits them after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to the border.


'History in No Time': Georgia businessman pens book to combat fading history education

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.

Columbus teen dies in Clay County wreck

Posted 11/14/2018 in Area

A Columbus teenager and West Point High School student has died following a car accident in Clay County Tuesday evening.

SOCSD invites parents to Thanksgiving: More than 1,800 adult guests expected to eat with students today

Posted 11/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Before students were served their lunches on Tuesday, the Henderson Ward Stewart cafeteria staff was still busy putting the final touches on today's menu. The 12-person team stacked trays of pecan pies, hot dinner rolls, gravy and cranberry sauce for the busiest meal of the year.

Faver, Turner ramp up campaigns for judge runoff

Posted 11/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For Lee Ann Turner, the wait to see if she would advance to a runoff in a tightly contested chancery judge race was "certainly not a fun process."

Acclaimed organist to perform Fitzner concert Sunday

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Martha Claire Kennedy Fitzner Concert Series returns Sunday to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus with a performance by award-winning organist Joby Bell of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone, North Carolina.


Democrats eye US Senate seat in Republican-led Mississippi

Posted 11/14/2018 in State

National Democrats are focusing on Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff, a year after winning a longshot contest in another Deep South state dominated by Republicans.



Forecasters: South is in for wintry mix this week

Posted 11/14/2018 in National

Forecasters are warning that snow, sleet and freezing rain are likely Wednesday and Thursday across parts of the South.



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