Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Columbia's new police chief is busy settling into his position and already taking steps to improve his department. Clint McMurry, 44, was hired two weeks ago to replace former chief Jim Kinslow, who was fired by the Board of Aldermen in April.
McMurry had been serving as an investigator for the department for several months and was appointed interim chief when Kinslow left.
He said one of his goals is to see the department achieve state and national accreditation.
"Eventually, we'll go for national accreditation, which is expensive and takes a while, but to begin with, starting next year, we'll work in state accreditation, which will really help the department with a lot of different things...one of them being civil liabilities reduction," McMurry said.
"He's got a lot of administration and budgetary experience, which is what you need in a small-town police department like we have," said Reed Houston, mayor of Columbia.
The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the hiring of McMurry during a meeting in late May.
McMurry began his law enforcement career in Columbia as a patrol officer in 1991.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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