A man walks through a neighborhood or parking lot, tugging on vehicle door handles until he finds one unlocked. When he opens the door, there's a handgun in plain view on the passenger seat. The burglar takes it, along with some other unsecured valuables, and leaves the area.
The other students aren't aware of the change in their classmates, but the teachers and counselors are. Children in need of food over the weekends at the Franklin Academy Elementary school in Columbus and in pre-K through eighth grade throughout Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District get bags with four meals in their backpacks on Fridays during the school year, thanks to ministry programs with the First United Methodist churches in Columbus and Starkville.
For the second year in a row, Columbus Municipal School District students' spring assessment scores increased compared to the previous year's.
A Clay County man was arrested Monday for animal cruelty after deputies found three severely neglected horses on his property.
In June, construction was completed on two new cells, each designed to hold only one person at a time, in the Clay County Jail.
Mississippi State junior golfer Blair Stockett basked in the air conditioning. Escaping the staunch summer heat, Stockett sat on the couch at her cousin's house near the grounds of Old Waverly Golf Club. She savored the cool gusts as the air outside reached more than 90 degrees Sunday.
Clayburn Driver sat at his kitchen table in Gordo, Alabama, swiping through photos on his phone. He slid it across the table when he had found what he was looking for: a video from November 2017 of a vinyl-sided house engulfed in flames. Back around 2001, Driver's house was slated for the same fate. "We've been fighting this ever since we built the house," said Driver, 70.
As Juli Inkster wandered the grounds of Old Waverly Golf Club Wednesday, a familiar rush enveloped her body. The 1999 U.S. Women's Open Champion, Inkster returned to the course that brought her and Mississippi to the center of the golfing world 20 years ago.
As the wee hours of Saturday morning's practice rounds for the 2019 Women's U.S. Amateur began, a thick fog coats the entrance to Old Waverly Golf Club.
Even in her own backyard, Conner Beth Ball caught some flack. Walking into Old Waverly Golf Club early Saturday ahead of her 7:35 a.m. practice round, an elderly gentleman teased her in reference to the Ole Miss garb she donned -- a powder blue golf skirt, a white sleeveless polo with "Ole Miss" embroidered on her chest and a white cap with Colonel Reb swinging a golf club.
Both Columbus and Starkville will host their annual National Night Out on Crime block parties this week.
By the end of the final reporting period before the upcoming primary elections, candidates seeking the District 39 seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives raised a combined $68,750, making it the most expensive race for a state legislative office.
In Austyn Holden's hometown of Coldwater -- where the population hovers between 1,200 and 1,300, according to the 2016 estimates -- the nearest hospital is a 45-minute drive.
A movement can start in the least likely of places. "Read Woke" is such a movement, a program that started in a school library in Georgia three years ago and is now being implemented in schools and libraries in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Norway.
While voter turnout is typically high during years that county and state offices are up for grabs, absentee voting -- one indicator of turnout -- hasn't quite matched expectations.
A Gulfport man was arrested in Clay County Tuesday after he allegedly attacked another man with a knife. Steven Riley, 56, has been charged with aggravated assault manifesting in extreme indifference to life, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office press release.
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