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November 3rd, 2010

Run-Off Between Coleman and Porter Appears Imminent

November 3, 2010

A tight three-way race for the newly-created Place 3 Circuit Court seat culminated on Tuesday night, with local attorneys Lee Coleman and Nebra Porter appearing to be destined for a runoff.
The seat covers the 4-county area of Lowndes, Clay, Noxubee and Oktibbeha, and the three candidates – Coleman, Porter, and local attorney Bob Marshall – were in a dead heat for most of the night, though Coleman used big showings in Lowndes and Oktibbeha to win the popular vote, though he didn't earn the required 50+ percent needed to win outright.

November 2nd

DTL print edition running late

November 3, 2010

Due to a major electrical problem with the printing press, today's print edition of the Daily Times Leader had to be printed at a different location than usual. This means there will be a delivery delay for the newspaper.

All local news content -- including local election results -- in today's edition will be posted on the website as soon as possible to be available for viewing.

The Daily Times Leader staff apologizes to its readers for the inconvenience. Subscribers will receive a newspaper as soon as possible. The DTL staff thanks its subscribers for understanding.

October 28th

Mayor Takes Leave of Absence

October 28, 2010

Mayor Scott Ross has taken personal leave from his duties on behalf of the City of West Point and will be unavailable for an undetermined amount of time. Mayor Ross has not resigned and will resume the duties of his office upon the conclusion of his leave.
According to a release from City Hall, Vice-Mayor Keith McBrayer will serve as Mayor during the absence of Ross, and city government will function as normal.

October 1st

New Bill Helps Students With Asthma

October 1, 2010

Students across Mississippi suffering with asthma now have the right to self-administer their asthma and anaphylaxis medications while at school or at any school-related function, with the passage of Mississippi Senate Bill 2393.
The bill, signed by Governor Haley Barbour earlier this year, is designed to improve the health of students and ensure that all students with asthma breathe easier, helping them be more alert and perform better academically.

Area Prepares For Flu Season

October 1, 2010

As flu season approaches, doctors, nurses and pharmacists are preparing to get everyone vaccinated to help protect them from the threat of influenza.
Many health care providers in West Point are waiting for flu vaccinations to come in, which will include the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination, but some already have them and are administering the medication upon the patient's request.

September 23rd

Trustmark buys Cadence

September 23, 2010

Cadence Bank will be merging with Jackson-based Trustmark bank, officials with both companies announced late Wednesday.
The community will find Trustmark Bank “a very good addition,” the CEO of Cadence Financial Corp. said Wednesday night following the announcement of a merger between the two entities.
A faxed statement released just after 5 p.m. Wednesday heralded the deal to merge Starkville-based Cadence Bank with Trustmark, a financial institution headquartered in Jackson. Both are publicly-traded national banks.

September 22nd

Cadence CEO: Merger ' best strategy for opportunity' for stockholders

September 22, 2010

The merger between Cadence and Trustmark banks was "the best strategy and opportunity for all of our stakeholders," the Cadence's CEO said tonight.
Cadence, a $1.9 billion banking institution headquartered in Starkville, will merge with Jackson-based Trustmark by the first quarter of 2011, officials said in a statement released late this afternoon.

September 21st

Cadence's Future In Hands of OCC

September 21, 2010

Cadence Bank of Starkville could be forced to sale or merge if the bank cannot meet capital requirements of a May consent order, according to a report by the Mississippi Business Journal.
The order was issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and signed by Cadence on May 19 of this year, and Cadence reportedly had until Sunday, Sept. 19 to meet the deadline. The MBJ report states that Cadence ended the second quarter with a net loss of $1.6 million and a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 5.25 percent, well short of the OCC's order to reach a minimum Tier 1 ratio of 9 percent.

'Spiders' Author To Speak at Luncheon

September 21, 2010

A summer of love, fear and coming of age is what first time author John Cother will discuss Wednesday in his novel A Fear of Spiders during Luncheon With Books at the Bryan Public Library.
Cother discovered a love of writing at the age of six, and after 33 years as an educator, he has finally put his words down in a book that takes readers on an adventure with a brother and sister, JT and Lesi, determined to find answers about their family and themselves.

Health Coverage Extended For Young Adults

September 21, 2010

College graduates or young adults starting out on their own don't have to worry about not having health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which allows them to remain under their parents policy until the age of 26.

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