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Two victims injured in four weekend shootings

Columbus Police Department is investigating four shootings that happened over the weekend, according to a CPD press release. Two people were injured and two homes were struck, Police Chief Fred Shelton said. The first incident happened at about 7:50 p.m. Friday on Byrnes Circle near Waterworks Road when someone called...
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Starkville man receives 20-year sentence for 2019 death of mother

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Starkville man received a 20-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to culpable negligence manslaughter and exploitation of a vulnerable person. According to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Jeffrey Moore’s charges stemmed from the April 2019 death of his mother. “In Mrs. Moore’s final...
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Series of shootings under investigation in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Police in Columbus continue to investigate multiple shootings that happened over the weekend. Overall, police reported two injuries. The first incident happened on Friday evening, Aug. 5 on Byrnes Circle, which is near Waterworks Road. Two people reported gunfire. One person reported being shot at. The...

4-year-old accidentally shot herself in Macon; died at hospital

MACON, Miss. (WTVA) - A 4-year-old accidentally shot herself in Macon. Macon Police Chief Davine Beck said the incident happened Saturday, Aug. 6 at a home on East Street. The police chief said the young girl found her father’s gun in a bedroom. She died at a local hospital.

Columbus school superintendent resigns

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Cherie Labat resigned effective immediately Tuesday evening, Aug. 9. The Board of Trustees unanimously accepted her resignation during a special-called meeting Tuesday evening. The Board did not provide reasoning behind her decision. District Attorney Chris Hemphill said the Board is...

New details released about plans for the Columbus School District

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – New details are emerging about what’s next for the Columbus School District and the current leadership. The district board of trustees released a statement this morning, saying it accepted the immediate resignation of Dr. Cherie Labat. Meaning her last day on the job was...

The Tuesday practice flash report

While the Dawg Days of summer have seen a limited amount rain fall in the greater Starkville area in recent weeks, Mississippi State has had to spend some time in the Palmeiro Center in recent days due to lightning. On Monday, the first half of practice took place outside, but the second half of the session ended indoors. Coach Mike Leach is not one to waste time. The transition from one practice site to another took just under four minutes. The call was made to move the squad indoors and the team was back to work in just a few minutes' time.

Watson enjoying Bulldog practice trash talk

Mississippi State has put together a solid week of practice. The pads came on over the weekend and as a result the competitive barbs between offense and defense have flown with regularity. The physical nature of practice has stirred up the competitive nature of players on both sides of the football. Even though Dawg on Dawg contact is supposed to be somewhat measured during fall camp, the State players still bring a high level of intensity.

Jett Johnson ready to help lead the defense after breakthrough 2021

Through three years at Mississippi State, Jett Johnson had not yet made a significant impact. The Tupelo native played in seven games in his first three seasons and made five total tackles with 0.5 tackle for loss. Defensive coordinator Zach Arnett had seen enough of him in practice that he knew what he was capable of, but the coach hadn’t yet trusted him to play a major role.

2023 kicker Carson Allen commits to Mississippi State football, Mike Leach

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State added a preferred walk-on kicker to its 2023 class Wednesday with the commitment of Carson Allen. Allen is a Woodstock, Georgia, native who attended Etowah High School. He does not have a 247Sports rating, but Kohl's Kicking Camps list Allen as the No. 41 kicker in the class. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution named Allen to its Class 6A all-state preseason team.

Child dies in accidental shooting in Macon

MACON, Miss. (WCBI) – A little girl died after an accidental shooting over the weekend in Macon. Police Chief Davine Beck said the shooting happened Saturday evening on East Street. Officers arrived at the home to find the four-year-old had been shot. She was taken to Noxubee General Hospital,...

Columbus Chief of Police Fred Shelton’s last week on the job

COLUMBUS, Miss – (WCBI) Columbus Police Chief is less than a week away from retirement. But as he wraps up his tenure with CPD, Shelton took time out to reflect on his nearly 40 year career. Chief Fred Shelton has been with the Columbus Police Department for 38 years,...
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Cook’s return to MSMS ‘like coming home’

Coming back to the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science was a lot like coming home, Executive Director Donald Cook told the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday afternoon at Lion Hills Center. Cook is a graduate of the inaugural class at MSMS. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and...