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Yoder Meat Snacks: A family business

Posted 7/15/2016 in Area

Three of Olen Yoder's sons pour chunks of beef chuck eye rolls and Boston butts into a meat grinder, stuff sausage casings with the ground meat and hang the stuffed casings on a rolling wooden frame to transport the soon-to-be summer sausages to an outdoor smoker.


EMCC starts smoke-free policy

Posted 7/15/2016 in Area

East Mississippi Community College is joining several other college campuses that have implemented a tobacco-free policy.


CMSD posts D rating for 2014-15

Posted 7/14/2016 in Area

Columbus Municipal School District maintained its D rating, but Superintendent Philip Hickman is optimistic that the school district will improve moving forward.

Clay Co. grand jury indicts accused jail escapee

Posted 7/14/2016 in Area

A grand jury in Clay County has indicted an inmate for trying to escape from jail.

Bad Check Unit sees fewer cases

Posted 7/13/2016 in Area

A district attorney's office division that has operating for almost 44 years may be declining in relevance.

Murder charge dropped against West Point woman

Posted 7/9/2016 in Area

A West Point woman will no longer face a capital murder charge for the death of her son.

Couple arrested for sexual abuse of children

Posted 7/1/2016 in Area

A Clay County couple has been arrested on charges related to the sexual abuse of children.


Fire officials warn of fireworks safety before holiday

Posted 7/1/2016 in Area

With the Fourth of July approaching, fire officials are reminding citizens to be careful with fireworks.


Southern Cross meets with citizens about proposed transmission line

Posted 7/1/2016 in Area

Almost 200 people attended a three-hour public open house in West Point to have officials from energy company Southern Cross Transmission answer their questions about a proposed HDVC transmission line that may run through their property.

Local legislators react to special session

Posted 6/30/2016 in Area

The Mississippi House has agreed to a plan to fill deficits in the final days of the budget year.

High school WorkKeys testing sees growth

Posted 6/29/2016 in Area

The Golden Triangle Early Workforce Initiative is seeing an increase in positive results in its second year, according to Golden Triangle Development LINK officials.


Local Fourth of July celebrations set

Posted 6/29/2016 in Area

Fourth of July celebrations will start with a bang Friday in Columbus.



Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84

Posted 6/29/2016 in Area

Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.


Pickens Co. teacher faces more charges

Posted 6/25/2016 in Area

A Pickens County, Alabama teacher previously charged with multiple counts of having sex with a student now faces an additional 16 charges.

Arrest report 6-24-16

Posted 6/24/2016 in Area


Lowndes, other school districts don't expect tax increases

Posted 6/23/2016 in Area

Although its funding request for next year will go up slightly, Lowndes County School District Administrator Kenneth Hughes doesn't expect to see an increase in millage when the district presents its budget for 2017.


Unemployment rate rises in May

Posted 6/23/2016 in Area

Unemployment is up across the state, but labor statistics officials say that's not cause for concern.


The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown June 23, 2016

Posted 6/23/2016 in Area


Local libraries play vital community roles

Posted 6/18/2016 in Area

Local libraries have always been a source of information and creativity, but they have evolved into community centers packed with developmental programs and essential resources. As a result of budget cuts to the Mississippi Library Commission, many small, community libraries may struggle to provide those services on which community members rely.

Summer food programs aim to combat child hunger

Posted 6/16/2016 in Area

Imagine a student leaving school each Friday afternoon not knowing if they will eat before returning to school Monday morning. Now imagine, instead of two days, the child must endure two months of food insecurity during schools' summer vacations.


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