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Getting stolen firearms off the street: Area law enforcement agencies promote prevention, up enforcement efforts to crack down on people obtaining firearms illegally

Posted yesterday in Area

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.

Backpack food programs preparing for new school year

Posted 8/16/2019 in 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.

CMSD improves scores for second straight year

Posted 8/15/2019 in Area

For the second year in a row, Columbus Municipal School District students' spring assessment scores increased compared to the previous year's.

Arrest report for 8-15-19

Posted 8/15/2019 in Area

Man arrested for animal cruelty after reportedly neglecting horses

Posted 8/14/2019 in Area

A Clay County man was arrested Monday for animal cruelty after deputies found three severely neglected horses on his property.

Preventing suicides in jail: Local authorities enhancing protocols as inmate deaths rise nationally

Posted 8/13/2019 in Area

In June, construction was completed on two new cells, each designed to hold only one person at a time, in the Clay County Jail.

Clutch caddying: How MSU's Stockett aided in a U.S. Women's Amateur title

Posted 8/12/2019 in Area

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.

The long way 'round: After 20 years of planning, the bypass being built around Gordo has some residents hopeful, others worried about the town's future

Posted 8/10/2019 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 8-11-19

Posted 8/10/2019 in Area

'Good vibes at Old Waverly': U.S. Open champ returns to course as analyst 20 years after winning title there

Posted 8/9/2019 in Area

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.

Bryan's dream takes center stage at 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur

Posted 8/6/2019 in Area

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.

'Hometown girl' at US Women's Amateur

Posted 8/5/2019 in Area

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.

Columbus to hold National Night Out block parties Tuesday

Posted 8/5/2019 in Area

Both Columbus and Starkville will host their annual National Night Out on Crime block parties this week.

Arrest report for 8-5-19

Posted 8/5/2019 in Area

PAC money pushes Smith well ahead in fundraising for Dist. 39 race

Posted 8/3/2019 in Area

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.

Area students enter medical school through rural physicians scholarship

Posted 8/2/2019 in Area

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.

From West Point to Woke: Area native challenges students at Georgia high school to read about underrepresented issues, people

Posted 7/26/2019 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 7-26-19

Posted 7/26/2019 in Area

Locally, absentee voting for August primary lower than expected

Posted 7/24/2019 in Area

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.

Gulfport man arrested for knife attack in Clay County

Posted 7/24/2019 in Area

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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