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Investigators trying to ID owner of gun found at Columbus Middle School

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement is investigating an incident at Columbus Middle School earlier this month in which a male student found a handgun in his belongings on campus.

Hickman fired as CMSD superintendent

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman is out of a job.

Bond revoked again for attempted kidnapping suspect

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An attempted kidnapping suspect is in jail for the third time in a week after local law enforcement found him after a Friday afternoon manhunt.

Foundation invites public to 'community conversation'

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A planned "community conversation" event aims to better inform and engage citizens about the challenges facing Lowndes County.

Poll results for posterity: Dispatch displays board once used to inform public of election results in real-time

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the decades, the way news is processed, packaged and delivered has evolved -- from newspapers to radio to TV and, now, social media.


Longtime attorney passes away

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Longtime board of supervisors attorney Jack Brown passed away Saturday after a bout with cancer.



Mississippi gives tax break to hotel tied to Trump company

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi has granted a tax break worth just over $6 million to a hotel developer affiliated with the Trump Organization.



Days before deadline, McDaniel unsure about Senate race

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi state lawmaker who lost a bitter U.S. Senate race in 2014 says he will "get into a dark place and pray" about whether to run this year.



Trump floats new gun measures as gun owners talk 'betrayal'

Posted yesterday in National

When President Donald Trump raised the idea of banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to gun, gun owners and advocates who helped his political rise talked about disloyalty and desertion.



Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham's motorcade

Posted yesterday in National

Motorists pulled aside and well-wishers lined freeway overpasses to see the Rev. Billy Graham's motorcade barrel through his beloved home state of North Carolina on Saturday in a running tribute to "America's Pastor."



Police experts urge intensive training if teachers are armed

Posted yesterday in National

The idea of arming teachers to take out a shooter is alarming some law enforcement experts, who say it takes more than just being a good shot at a gun range.



After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

Posted yesterday in National

The progression has become numbingly repetitive -- mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals, the mourning, the talking heads and the calls for change that dwindle into nothingness.



Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall: Ban assault weapons

Posted yesterday in State

Ruby Bridges Hall, who faced threats and harassment when she integrated a southern school as a child several decades ago, said Friday that she is distressed by mass shootings in U.S. schools.



Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Posted yesterday in National

Rick Gates' guilty plea to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges turns him from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia's interference.


Two men vying for CMSD board vacancy

Posted 2/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local pastor Willie Petty Sr. hopes his third try to get on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees proves the charm.

High utility bills driven by recent cold weather

Posted 2/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charlie Box didn't expect what he found in his last utility bill. But Columbus Light and Water officials did.


West Point juvenile arrested after alleged threat against school

Posted 2/23/2018 in Area

A juvenile is in custody in West Point following a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he may have been planning to attack West Point High School.


Partnership CEO: Aldermen should reconsider parade

Posted 2/23/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Partnership on Thursday issued a statement of support for an LGBT Pride parade that Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 to deny on Tuesday.

Pride parade reconsideration prospects grim

Posted 2/23/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As the fallout continues from the Starkville Board of Aldermen's Tuesday vote to deny a request for a local LGBT group to hold a parade, three alderman have said they would be willing to consider putting the item to a second vote.

Need increases for training to help first responders deal with trauma

Posted 2/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John Almond knows of a police officer who, on his first day of work, was the first to respond to the scene of an 11-year-old who was accidentally shot.


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