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'The thrill of the hunt': West Point conservation estate hosts state's first helice field

Posted 11/17/2018 in Area

Mike Duke began helice shooting as a challenge from friend Jimmy Bryan. The West Point native had never before tried shooting at targets which, unlike traditional clay shooting, could be launched in multiple directions, meaning he'd have to be quicker than usual to aim at and hit the targets.

Failing no more: How principals, teachers at two area schools led their campuses out of MDE's ratings basement

Posted 11/16/2018 in Area

In August, Franklin Academy Principal Tawan Williams walked into the school library where her teachers sat waiting. With a sense of pride and optimism, she delivered the long-awaited news -- Franklin, an elementary school in the struggling Columbus Municipal School District, was a C-rated campus.

MSU architecture students show possible Boys and Girls Club facility designs

Posted 11/16/2018 in Area

Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle leadership previewed design plans for new facilities in Starkville and West Point on Thursday evening.

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.

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.

Waverley Mansion has potential buyer

Posted 11/13/2018 in Area

Although details are few, it appears historic Waverley Mansion may soon have a new owner.

'A better deal': Plea agreements incentivize defendants to admit to crimes, keep the justice system moving

Posted 11/11/2018 in Area

Starkville resident James Bardwell had a choice. He could go to trial for sexual battery and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Or, he could accept a plea agreement from the state to confess to the weapons charges, spend the next 18 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and not have to register as a sex offender when released.


Chancery district 14-1 runoff picture still murky

Posted 11/8/2018 in Area

The runoff picture for the Chancery District 14, Place 1 judgeship remained unclear Thursday evening after Oktibbeha County released updated vote totals.


Business moves with Mary: Leigh Mall losing two more tenants

Posted 11/8/2018 in Area

Two more stores are vacating Leigh Mall. The Cookie Store, once located by the mall's main entrance, has already shuttered, though a store representative could not be reached by press time.

Ellis wins chancery court judgeship

Posted 11/7/2018 in Area

Paula Drungole-Ellis cruised past Roy A. Perkins en route to the only clear victory in a trio of elections for the 14th Chancery District judge on Tuesday.

Voter turnout nears, exceeds 50 percent in area counties

Posted 11/7/2018 in Area

Voter turnout in Golden Triangle area counties Tuesday either approached or topped 50 percent, according to unofficial counts from circuit clerks' offices.


Drungole-Ellis beats Perkins in chancery election

Posted 11/7/2018 in Area

Paula Drungole-Ellis cruised past Roy A. Perkins en route to the only clear victory in a trio of elections for the 14th Chancery district on Tuesday.


Polls open today for mid-term elections

Posted 11/6/2018 in Area

By the time the polls opened Tuesday morning, more than 2,300 people in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties had already voted, leaving circuit clerks in both counties feeling optimistic about a good turnout.


Man dies in Highway 12 wreck while fleeing police

Posted 11/5/2018 in Area

A Columbus man died in a Saturday night crash after attempting to flee police, according to authorities.


Photos: Halloween fun

Posted 11/1/2018 in Area

Bryson Parker, 3, gets candy from Janie Ashcraft during the Boo Parade in downtown Columbus Wednesday morning. Bryson is the son of Ashely Parker. He attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church.


1 dead, thousands without power as storms hit South

Posted 11/1/2018 in Area

Storms moving through the Deep South with howling wind and pounding rain were blamed for at least one death and left nearly 110,000 homes and businesses without electricity early Thursday.


Area counties show strong absentee voting leading up to Election Day

Posted 10/31/2018 in Area

Early signs are pointing toward strong turnout for next week's elections, according to local circuit clerks.

Slimantics: Fitzgerald vindicated by win against Texas A&M

Posted 10/28/2018 in Area

With 2:17 left in the game, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald coasted the final 10 yards into the end zone to complete a clinching 76-yard touchdown, dropped the ball as he crossed the goal line, then thrust his arms wide open, nodding his head in satisfaction.

Unemployment rate remains steady in Golden Triangle

Posted 10/25/2018 in Area

As employment continues to move toward what is considered full employment, unemployment rates are beginning to show less change in the year-over-year comparison on the local, state and national level.

Escaped inmates caught in Marshall County

Posted 10/23/2018 in Area

Two inmates who escaped Sunday night from a Noxubee County correctional facility have been caught in Marshall County.


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