JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the life-without-parole sentence imposed in Oktibbeha County on a habitual criminal convicted of buying $106 worth of liquor with a bad check.
JACKSON — The state College Board has decided to consolidate property insurance coverage for Mississippi universities with a plan that will take care of more buildings at a lower cost than the current approach.
JACKSON — House-Senate negotiators remain deadlocked in passing the state’s $19 billion budget as they argue over whether to squirrel away $60 million for another year.
During a time when the term “disposable income” is becoming lost, it can be hard to justify spending money on something like a garden. However, with some preparation and planning you can flex your green thumb while keeping more of the other green securely in your pocket.
Stacy Clark, of Smith’s Landscaping in Columbus, offered a few ideas to help you build a yard you can be proud of, not only as a place of beauty but as a solid investment.
JACKSON — Mississippi’s cigarette tax increases to 68 cents a pack Friday, culminating a years-long battle to generate more state revenue and discourage people from smoking.
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour — who vetoed previous cigarette tax-increase bills — on Wednesday quietly signed into law the 50-cent hike the House and Senate approved last week. The old 18-cent-a-pack tax had been the same since 1985.
Though local businesses along Columbus’ major highways may seem to be the retail epicenter of the Friendly City, Lowndes County’s seat also boasts a network of somewhat less visible business offerings.
There might be some truth to the adage that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but you can give an old dog a new bed. And he will appreciate it.
The West Alabama Regional Commission was recently awarded the Gold Risk Management Award at the 2009 Annual Convention of the Alabama League of Municipalities in Montgomery, Ala.
Columbus Banking Center President Jim McAlexander recently announced that Kacie Reeves, of Columbus, has been promoted to branch loan officer for the Columbus main office.
JACKSON — The Legislature returned last week to pass the state’s long-delayed budget after a five-week recess, but it got put off again because House-Senate negotiators remain deadlocked in disagreement.
Trying to sell a home in today’s market can be scary. Prices for homes have fallen over the past few months, catching homes in our local market that have been listed since the economic decline began.
Anne Roberts of Caldwell Banker in Columbus has been selling homes for more than 20 years. She offered a few simple tips to help get your home in the best shape possible when potential buyers come knocking.
I have often fantasized about having a yard, which has been landscaped by a professional. It would take on a natural look, with lots of pools and stones with cascading water, cattails, water lilies, and whatever else my landscaper decided to place there.
JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour plans to approve the cigarette tax increase the state Legislature passed Wednesday as lawmakers resumed efforts to build a state budget amidst what Barbour calls a “financial storm.”
Golden Triangle air passengers traveling to the Western United States and overseas destinations received a more direct route Monday as the Golden Triangle Regional Airport expanded its service to include Memphis, Tenn.
The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded many small tax-exempt organizations to file their annual electronic informational return with the IRS by the May 15 deadline. This is the second year of the new requirement for tax-exempt organizations whose gross annual receipts are normally $25,000 or less to file Form 990-N also known as e-Postcards. The process is fast and easy.
As it is shaping up, the debit/bank card is one of the handiest inventions ever. I seldom write a check anymore. However, it would be equally helpful to have yet another invention that would record each transaction in my ledger.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct the nation’s largest food drive to combat hunger Saturday. On that day, letter carriers in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
JACKSON — The state Legislature ended its five-week recess today and returned with plans to easily approve a cigarette tax increase to raise more revenues and relieve car owners from higher taxes, but passing a state budget will be a struggle.
JACKSON — Lawmakers expect to give final approval next week to a bill increasing Mississippi’s cigarette tax to 68 cents for generating much-needed revenues and fortifying the state’s diminishing car tag reduction fund.
After being bogged down since Januar