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June 24th, 2014
JACKSON -- Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff.
Cochran's win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups.
Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel's 49.5 percent.
The 76-year-old Cochran is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The We Care Committee (WCC) is in the midst of its summer feeding program for children ages 1-18 in West Point, Starkville, Grenada and Columbus.
The program began June 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said, thus far, it is going well. She said the program has had a good turnout, but WCC is still looking for more kids to come out.
Antonio Brownlee, 29, of Mantee, was arrested Friday by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department under suspicion of the sale of cocaine.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said Brownlee, who was wanted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department since June 5, was apprehended at a residence in Calhoun County before being returned to Clay County Detention Center.
Scott said Brownlee will be arraigned Tuesday morning. He remained in custody at CCDC Monday on a Mississippi Department of Corrections hold.
Former Columbus High School Head Football Coach Tony Stanford has accepted the Oak Hill football head coaching position Monday night, according to OHA Athletic Director Marion Bratton.
The Raidersâ€™ head coaching position opened after Daniel Merchant left the position for an undisclosed position in early June.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
An independent film shot primarily in West Point will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. today at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
In Glenn Payneâ€™s sci-fi thriller â€śEarthrise,â€ť 99 percent of the human race lives on Mars, while the remaining few work to rehabilitate an Earth that has been ruined.
â€śEarthriseâ€ť was filmed over two weeks in the late winter of 2013 in West Point. Most of the shooting was done at an old dance studio on Broad Street across from the Clay County Co-op, with additional shooting at the Bryan Foods factory.
For Daily Times Leader
Old Waverly Golf Club, one of the Southâ€™s premier golf destinations located in West Point, will become the new home to Mississippi State menâ€™s and womenâ€™s varsity golf programs, the MSU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.
The Bulldog Club, the private fundraising arm of the Mississippi State Athletics, has partnered with Old Waverly on the $2.2 million project that includes a driving range, short-game area, putting green, plus a team clubhouse and indoor hitting bays. More than $1.3 million has been raised thus far.
By KAYLEIGH SWISHER FEW
Special to Daily Times Leader
MAYHEW â€” A critical component in providing a top-notch education is having the facilities to do so.
That was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins' message at the organization's June luncheon meeting Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus.
At the meeting, Higgins outlined new plans to relocate and expand EMCC's Golden Triangle Campus workforce training program center.
The new Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) building would triple the number of bays from five to 15.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
A West Point man is turning his former life of crime into a motivational tool for young people in the community.
Dewayne White,44, spent more than 20 years of his life incarcerated, with convictions ranging from drug possession and grand larceny to burglary and aggravated assault of a police officer. Now, he wants to discourage kids from following in his footsteps.
BY MARY GARRISON
Cast and crew members have been working diligently on this year's West Point-Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
The show will debut Aug. 1-2 at Center Stage in West Point and brings together about 80 Golden Triangle residents in cast, behind-the-scenes crew and musicians. And while such a sizable local production can present its challenges, Director Ginger Fowler said she was confident everything would come together.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Mississippi has no law to ban texting while driving for most drivers, however law enforcement officials maintain the practice has become a problem.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 400,000 impaired driving accidents across the country in 2012, with more than 3,000 deaths.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said texting while driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, but for everyone on the road.